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Spirit Lifter 04-28-2012 01:32 AM

Alfalfa cubes good or bad?
I had a mare 30 years ago that I fed an alfalfa cube everyday with no problems. I bought a bag for Spirit and the BO said she might have heard somewhere that you need to soak them in water before feeding them. She wasn't sure.

So what's the scoop? Can I give them to Spirit right out of the bag?:?

DRichmond 04-28-2012 01:49 AM

I've never fed cubes simply because I think horses prefer hay, especially in Winter. Given the option I personally would feed hay over cubes for several reasons, one of them being due to my own concerns about choke - some people have never had problems, however.

Spirit Lifter 04-28-2012 02:27 AM

I should have OP better. I want to know if she can get one or two a day as a treat!!! For feed, she gets all day pasture on approximately 6 acres, hay, and grain.

themacpack 04-28-2012 07:43 AM

When I feed them dry as treats, I prefer to take and "flake" them into smaller, thinner pieces rather than feeding a whole cube. Their hardness and size are not something I prefer to offer whole to my horses.
We feed about five pounds a day to our TB to help maintain her weight, and those are soaked.

PaintHorseMares 04-28-2012 07:52 AM

agree with breaking them up. Cubes are a perfect size for a horse to choke on if they are not used to them.

bsms 04-28-2012 08:30 AM

What size are these cubes? I feed my horses hay pellets daily, and have never even imagined a problem. Are there cubes that are bigger?

themacpack 04-28-2012 08:36 AM

You are feeding actual pellets, bsms - as in that is what it says on the bag? I ask because, yes, there is different sizes. There are those marked as "pellets" and those marked as "cubes". Cubes are considerably larger -- imagine 1 1/2x 1 1/2 (or maybe 2x2) square and, whole, about 3-4 inches long. The alf/grass content is a much coarser chop than you find in the pellets and they are packed tight and solid, like long, square rocks for lack of a better description. Basically, they look like a HARD, green stick of butter is the best comparison I can come up with.

NdAppy 04-28-2012 08:58 AM

Spirit Lifter 04-28-2012 09:27 AM


Originally Posted by NdAppy (Post 1476463)

Thanks for the pic! Mine are that size but not as compacted. I do break them down into 1/2" or better so the bag will last longer. I'll continue to break them down before feeding as treats. Thanks for the input! :D

Cat 04-28-2012 09:32 AM

I know some who feed alfalfa cubes just fine, but I've had enough incidents of choke here that I will now only feed them soaked if they get any at all.

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