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  • Is 4 way hay better to feed horses than alfalfa?
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    03-11-2012, 03:09 PM
Hay Question

I have a 9yr mare ..she's on alfafa ..she is very healthy ..my other mare that I just purschased bout 1 month ago is on 4 way hay ..then yesterday I went to a local feed store and they have this meadow grass with some alfafa ..thye told me that a 3 way hay with the meadow grass is an excellent choice ..what is the correct choice ,,seems like no one is wrong
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    03-16-2012, 08:41 PM

I don't know what '4 way' or '3 way' mean, but guessing it just means they're mixed variety hays? That would be much better than straight alfalfa IMO.

I wouldn't feed alfalfa/lucerne as the main ration, as being so high in protein, calcium & such can be problematic, but it is generally a very good feed as *part* of a *balanced* diet. Generally regular grass is the best staple IMO. The lower NSC value grass is better for horses - rye for eg can be very high & while it depends on many factors, Timothy & orchard grass for eg are apparently generally lower NSC.
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    03-16-2012, 08:44 PM
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Yeah, we don't routinely feed straight alfalfa. A mix is good. Mine get grass hay at will and then some alfalfa for a treat.
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