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post #1 of 3 Old 11-13-2015, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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hay change?

I've got a new horse for 2 months now.. She was from a rental stream where they walked only a few times a day.. She was only eating alfalfa. My trainer.. english hunter jumper asked me to change to timothy. I did a gradual changeover and for the past 2 weeks it seems timothy is just too rich.. loose manure.. one projectile.. some ok some loose, etc, . I board. so I cant control the hay that is purchased. I reduced the tim hay and added tim pellets ( that my cushings senior horse eats) and it seems the poop is getting better.. two fecals were negative and there are no other issues that I can figure out besides the rich timothy? no other horses are reacting to the tim hay and 6 horses eat it.. The BO is suggesting a change to bermuda/alfalfa., not just 100% alfalfa like she used to eat.. . , which of course I'd balance with the correct supplements and do this gradually.. make sense? lj friedman san diego..
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The timothy might be 'too rich' but I wouldn't think she should have that kind of reaction when switching from alfalfa to timothy. Alfalfa (at least in my area) is far more rich than a grass hay like timothy.

I have seen horses react to timothy when switching between grass hays, and very few stomach upsets with Bermuda. I think the switch to a Bermuda/ alfalfa mix might work better than just straight timothy.

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She was on straight alfalfa & you reckon timothy is too rich?? That's a new idea for me, but the grass hay may well be richer in *sugar* - and pellets are probably different because they are soaked in processing, & I guess they're compressed, water squeezed out so sugars - & many nutrients - may be leached out.
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