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    04-11-2011, 06:19 PM
New horse....hard keeper.

I am getting a new horse this weekend. She is a 13hh Welsh Pony that is approximately 20 years old. The lady that I am getting her from bought her for her daughter as a play day pony but they found out that she is missing some teeth due to being older and previous owners not taking care of her teeth as they should have. Because of this, she lost alot of weight before they figured it out so she is currently on a feed regimine to get back in to speak. They took her to the vet and she is fine health wise..up to date on shots, wormer, neg coggins..etc. The vet told them to feed her a senior feed 2-3x a day and also alfalfa cubes, soaked. My problem is...I know that alfalfa cubes can make horses "hot". So I was wondering what would be a good alternative to the cubes to feed her this summer? Any information is greatly appreciated...Thanks in advance. (Oh, the reason they are getting rid of her....she's free... is because they both work and their daughter is on a traveling softball team on the weekends so they don't have the time to take care of her like she needs)
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    04-11-2011, 06:23 PM
I've never actually found that alfalfa makes my horses "hot". I don't think you'll have to worry about it at all. You could always try it out for a little and if she (I think) becomes hot, you could talk to your vet and ask for an alternative hay. Good luck with your new horse!
    04-12-2011, 03:36 PM
I feed my energetic horse alfalfa pellets and it doesn't make him hot at all. People say that it'll make them hot because of the high protein, but protein doesn't make a horse hot. Sugars and starches do. When I fed my horse a feed with corn in it he was bouncing off the walls and was difficult to control. Since I took him off of it and started the alfalfa pellets his energy is much more focused. Soaked alfalfa cubes are fine to feed her.

Oh, and congrats on the new horse!
    04-13-2011, 03:12 PM
Thank you both for your help. I won't worry as much now.

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