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  • Does alfalfa pellets make a horse gain weight
  • Yearling nutritional needs

 
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    05-14-2011, 01:58 PM
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Producer's pride really isn't that great of a feed. It might be okay for an easy keeper or maintenance on an adult, but I would get a better quality for your guy.

When I brought Rascal home last May - this is what he looked like as a yearling:



He felt even worse than he looked. The hair hid his ribs, but you could easily feel every one and his hair just felt gross. He was also very tiny - only 12.2 hands.

I didn't want to over do his system so I started him on good clean local grass hay, some pasture time and alfalfa pellets. Oh, and a free-choice mineral block. A very simple diet, yet it had a good amount of protein from the alfalfa.

A little over one month and a good bit of weight later:




We eventually switched him over from alfalfa pellets to safe choice and he is still on that. If possible - check out your local feed stores to check prices. One of my local feed stores carries alfalfa and safe choice both for several dollars less than TSC.
     
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