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Why would alfalfa give diarrhea?
A neighbor came and spoke with me while I was feeding Cinder (I seem to have a very nosey neighborhood lol) and asked what I was feeding. I said her grain was a mix of Nutrena Safechoice and alfalfa pellets, and her hay was very good quality alfalfa/orchard grass mix.
He asked if Cinder was getting diarrhea from it and I said no, her poops were perfect (as horse poop goes) and he said in his experience alfalfa always caused diarrhea.
I haven't heard of it before but I'm curious, does alfalfa give diarrhea? Why?
It can give a horse diarrhea but it's certainly not the majority of animals, as believed by your neighbor.
It's a richer food source, which is why some horses have trouble digesting it. Especially older horses or ones with digestive issues.
What she said...
It can also cause problems if they aren't acclimated to it (like any other food).
Ok. Awesome. I have always fed it and felt like I was doing something wrong for a moment there. It's not something I feed just by itself, but I do sort of "pad out" the feed with it. If that makes any sense. I clear the manure out of the pasture daily and haven't seen anything that looks remotely like diarrhea but I will keep an eye on it.
If you were to say, bring a horse in on it, would you acclimate it to the alfalfa mix the same as you would with any new feed? Small portions at a time?
Yup, it's the same as any diet change.
Awesome. Sorry if I sounded a bit ******ed right there lol.
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The only thing a true horse person can say is that you'll never stop learning about horses. No one will ever know everything about them.
Oh I have to agree, I've been around horses almost all of my life but I'm still constantly learning about them. I think that's one of the reasons I love them so much lol.
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