Originally Posted by Hanover
The horse is either unable to digest hay or it is very slow in doing so.......sometimes having it come back up the esophagus. At present is maintaining on beet pulp and alfalfa cubes and pasture grass but with winter coming in a few months the problem will get worse because she will be on hay rather than being out on grass.
I have acid reflux myself and understand about having difficulty swallowing certain foods. Having difficulty swallowing certain foods is much different than having difficulty digesting certain foods. This is where this conversation is plain ignorant! Grass and alfalfa are both forage products. If the animal can process one, he can process the other - end of story. Now, we can have a major quality issue with the grass hay and it can impact the horse easily if it is prone to colic. If you have a 75 rfv grass hay and he cannot "digest" it, but his alfalfa is 150+rfv and he gets along just fine with it, the problem is not an inability to digest hay, but an inability to digest cardboard - feed him some better hay. Much more information is needed.