When she went through a growth spurt the end of her two year old year, I put her a little extra oil, but she had 3 colic episodes in 3 months. Took her off, put her on an ulcer supplement, and all problems went away. She is still on an ulcer supplement, and her attitude toward work and life in general is 10 x better than it was when we were having problems last year. At the end of the colic spell I tried her on soaked alfalfa cubes, which she loved, but soaking them and breaking them apart was a pain for me. I can do this again, but if there is a better method I am all for it.
Right now, I am looking at either alfalfa cubes, alfalfa pellets, beet pulp, or that TNT timmothy alfalfa hay mixture. Anything I soak would need to be done soaking in about an hour, the amount of time it takes me to ride. There seems to be a blister beetle problem in my area with local alfalfa and most people avoid using any local alfalfa for this reason. I am already paying extra to have some extra grass hay fed to my mare at the barn, but the price seems a little out of place to me. I am currently adding another flake of grass hay every night from my own small supply I have to take to shows, but I can't do very much with this as I just don't have a place to store a large amount of hay. Thanks in advance for any ideas you guys have.