I've been feeding Sam Timothy pellets without knowing much about them. So I started researching the Standlee brand on this and on other horse forum boards. several people advise against feeding the pellet au natural because of fear of choking.
Most suggested feeding it soaked with water since this also acted as another method of getting water into the horse.
My main concern was if the Timothy grass pellets were actually "forage" for the horse or if only hay counted.
I found a white paper on forage that said the pellets were indeed another source of forage. In fact, the white paper went on to say that processed pellets could be used as a sole source of forage and that they had benefits over long-stem hay. One benefit was volume to store/maintain opposed to hay bales. the lack of dust, elimination of mold and the guaranteed quality of pellets over baled hay. it even suggested that there was less waste on the part of the horse.
This white paper suggested feeding soaked.
so, I soaked my dosage of pellets. Since several people on other boards commented about the soak time of the Standlee brand, I decided to start the soak process as soon as I arrived at the barn.
An hour later those pellets were 3 times the size of mass in the bucket. Great big fluffy green worms.
I shook the bucket and dumped it into the feed trough. At first Sam wasn't sure what to make of the fluffy mush, but he did eat it. And, in observing him, I found less did leave his mouth and hit the dirt.
I'm glad I started to soak the pellets. I can't imagine that serving expanding in his stomach for the first time.
He is probably getting "light" servings of actual hay served to him. One or two flakes 2x a day in addition to his pasture forage. I think the timothy pellets are complementing this nicely since he appears to be stabilizing his weight. (He dropped quite a bit ~ nearly 150 lbs when we moved barns.) Added to the hay, pasture (scrub grass) and pellets is Purina ePlus.
In looking at Sam tonight, I am seeing the vibrant horse he was before the move and his temperament is returning. He is no longer losing weight and he is not gaining.
what i am observing on his current diet.
(I found out the BO is feeding him a can of grain 2x day, I'm going to ask her to stop that this week.)