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post #11 of 15 Old 06-20-2009, 04:44 PM
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There's nothing wrong with hay cubes. They are large enough that most horses canNOT choke on them. I'd be more worried about a horse choking on hay pellets than cubes...

So, just feed them dry!

You want 1.5% minimum a day, at least 70% of their daily intake of feed. So, for a 1,000 lb horse, that would be 15 lbs of hay cubes a day, along with no more than 6 lbs of hard feed to go with it, for a total of 21 lbs of feed daily. If he gets too fat, cut back on the hard feed before cutting back on the cubes .

I'd go with the alfalfa/timothy cubes too.
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post #12 of 15 Old 06-20-2009, 04:57 PM
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They are fine to be fed dry as long as you don't have a horse prone to choke or a horse taht INHALES their feed...

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-22-2009, 06:30 PM
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I've had horses who don't want to eat the soaked stuff, whatever it is, at first. I just baby them along for a while with a bit of it dry, then as they get into it I will add a little wet stuff along with but not mixed.. After a while they seem to figure it out and chow down. Never has failed except my old appy does NOT want any stinking soaked alfalfa cubes.. He will munch on a smallish dry one sometimes. Not worth it for me as he's not got good teeth anymore. I feed Beet pulp/alfalfa pellets(small ones)/and Total Equine, which isn't available everywhere. I like to wet the food even if I don't soak it to smitherenes. He also gets some chopped(I chop it, btw)prairie hay for more roughage and to while away his graze time.

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post #14 of 15 Old 06-22-2009, 07:01 PM
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They are fine to feed dry as long as your horse doesn't have a history of choke. I usually break mine in half.. but thats because I feed them as treats. If you are that worried about it, feed a complete feed like Triple Crown Senior. Regular pelleted feeds and alfalfa pellets get dusty which could agitate your horse's condition since he won't let you soak anything.

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post #15 of 15 Old 06-22-2009, 08:54 PM
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Minimum long stem fiber is 1 to 1.5 pound for each 100 pounds of horse. For an 1000lb horse, 10 to 15 pounds per day is required to maintain weight.
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