Production Acres- do you think alfalfa and bermuda being fed together, say 50/50 mix, is a good way to feed, and will negate some of the risks of feeding bermuda?
I live in Arizona, and the cheapest, most available hay is alfalfa. The second most available hay is bermuda. I have been giving my mare and 4 month old colt a 50/50 mix of both, because I worry that straight alfalfa may cause growth issues in the foal due to the high calcium/protein content. I am a big believer in alfalfa, but this is my first foal and I also worry about developmental orthopedic issues too. Hence, my giving them both hays, instead of straight alfalfa like I normally would.
The mare also has chronic, loose stools, although she seems very healthy and all my horses are dewormed every 8 weeks. So I have come to the conclusion that is just the way she is, perhaps due to the alfalfa. I have fed other horses for years and years and never had one with loose stools from alfalfa before. But I'm glad to hear that this may be "normal" for some horses being fed alfalfa, because she has been this way since I bought her (over a year) and she seems healthy and energetic, but her stools are looser than what I would consider "normal."
Anyway, I am assuming that alfalfa/bermuda together is a good mix? It's really my only option, other than feeding straight alfalfa or straight bermuda. I rarely ever see other kinds of hays available here.