Originally Posted by loosie
Interested to know why you want pelleted hay? Why is the hay & grazing not good enough? You also want to be careful with how much you're packing into them, as fast weight gain is not healthy, even if they are very thin. There are generally far better alternatives to grain based feed for weight gain. It is important if you are feeding grainy or otherwise starchy feed, that it is fed in very small feeds over as many meals as possible daily - at least 3-4.
Alfalfa pellets and beet pulp are what we normally feed in addition to pasture/free choice prairie hay. (not counting the red cell and flax meal) I was looking for pelleted timothy hay (or something similar) because one of our horses can't have the alfalfa - for some reason it has become toxic to him.
Our horses recently lost a lot of weight (told the story ad nauseum all over the forum) so we are trying to help them gain it back. It's an uphill battle because most of them are hard keepers anyway. They are gaining weight - slowly. Certainly much slower than they lost it!
Our pasture is in pretty poor condition at present - we are working on clearing it out and will reseed and fertilize it - hopefully come spring. We've been feeding hay to supplement the pasture. However, since it's just prairie hay, I prefer to supplement with a good quality pelleted hay like alfalfa.