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post #1 of 19 Old 07-13-2009, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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Hay vs Cubes

I'm just wondering how many of you guys feed your horses hay or hay cubes and why you choose that.
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-13-2009, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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I personally feed my horse Alfalfa hay and Timothy hay. I don't have any problem with people feeding their horses cubes . . . it's their horse and I'm fine with them doing what they want. I like to feed hay because my horse is in a stall most of her day so it gives her something more to do longer and I see it as more natural (this is my opinion. I don't have anything against cubes.). And Hoku likes it much better anyways and has great fun throwing it around :roll: .
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I had never used cubes before but now use Alfalfa cubes more as a treat then a feed. I find that it is better then using those apple/grain horse treats I used to get at TSC. I add it to their grain during both feedings and a reward after a good ride or training session.

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I mainly feed hay because it is easier and, IMHO, healthier. My horses have free access to mixed alfalfa and good grass hay right now and it allows them to forage when they choose more like they would naturally. Plus, I had a friend that fed his mare cubes but she bolted them, got choked, and they ended up having to put her down. I know that was probably a freak thing but it still makes me nervous.

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post #5 of 19 Old 07-13-2009, 07:05 PM
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I feed hay in winter, summer they have pasture.. I don't feed cubes at all but I do feed my 30 yr old blind appy Alfalfa Pellets along with his Beet pulp and Total Equine as he just cannot eat enough hay due to tooth loss. I tried him on some alfalfa cubes, he didn't like em soaked or dry.

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post #6 of 19 Old 07-13-2009, 08:09 PM
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We only feed free choice hay...just seems simpler/more natural.

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post #7 of 19 Old 07-13-2009, 08:55 PM
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I like hay because it allows my horse to graze and as I understand it...grazing is important for a horses digestion.
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post #8 of 19 Old 07-13-2009, 08:57 PM
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I feed hay because overall it is cheaper & gives the horses something to chew on longer. I have fed cubes in the past when we had a drought and they worked fine, just hard on the pocketbook after awhile.

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post #9 of 19 Old 07-13-2009, 09:00 PM
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When I have horses staying with me they just graze with a little grain, too. In the winter they get hay.

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post #10 of 19 Old 07-14-2009, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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Hmmm, I guess it's a Hawaii thing then. Cubes are actually cheaper than hay here. We weigh each meal and we figured hay is about 5cents more a pound than cubes. A full bale of Alfalfa hay is $29.13 (100lb.), a full bale of Timothy hay is $33.76 (range between 100lb.-140lb.), and a 50lb. bag of cubes is $13.99. I was just wondering what you all do cause wherever I go everybody gives me a bad time about hay and thinks we're weird for weighing. It's interesting what you all do on the mainland .
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