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What's the best way to feed hay cubes? I'm planning on giving my guy some extra (alph alpha/grass mix) and I've never fed them before (we don't use cubes in NZ!!) what's the best way to feed them?
 

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I have fed them & I generally feed them just like they come out of bag:D I also have known people that soak them or mix them in with beet pulp mash.Mine prefer them straight up:lol: I also find my horses like the cubes but not as fond of the alfalfa pellets:). Also i've only fed the Alfa Tec brand most common around here!!
 
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I've fed them dry and soaked. The people who soak are generally worried about choke, which might be an issue if your horse bolts feed. However, if you're trying to put weight on, your horse doesn't drink enough, or your horse has dental problems, soaking would be the way to go.
 

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I am a soaker. Weigh out a pound of cubes in a decent sized container. Cover them with water. Come back in 15 minutes and cover them with water again.

Look at how they expand after water has touched them.

That's partly why I soak them - I don't want the digestive system to have to do that.

The other two reasons I soak them clear down to mush:

1. My two mid-20's fellas have molar issues, one has four of them missing:-(

2. Choke.

That all being said, don't soak them longer than 20 minutes in the heat as they honestly could start to ferment.

I soak them at the house, so I don't have to worry about running right on schedule to feed. My horses know they're getting breakfast and supper, they're just not sure what part of the hour:p
 

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I've fed them dry and soaked as well. I originally started buying them to use in an Amazing Graze treat dispenser a friend had lent me. That's how I discovered my horse's passion for alfalfa cubes :) After I gave the treat dispenser back I played around with feeding the cubes in his feed bucket, sometimes soaked, sometimes dry. I also had to break them down a little smaller for the treat dispenser (some of those cubes are really big and HARD!), but started getting a little lazy about doing that so I switched to buying pellets instead (which I usually feed dry, but feed them soaked every once in a while). He seems to like those just as much and they're a little easier for me to work with than the cubes.
 
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After having a horse choke on pellets, always soaked in this barn. I'm not too fond of cubes unless I can break them apart easily. If not, soaking is in order, IF I even get cubes( pellets soak much faster).
 

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I used to feed the barn horses cubed hay. For the pregnant mare it was soaked. For the general horse it was broken into decent chunks and fed dry.

If you are worried about dust, best to soak.
 

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In the winter months, I place them all around the paddocks so the horses have to forage, keeps them busy. Only time I feed cubes and I don't soak, harder to distribute around the pen.
 

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The Cubes I feed Break up pretty easy:),The pellets are harder,Hence why the horses prefer the cubes over the pellets.
 

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I soak mine. I have a mare that I don't give ANY grain, just vitamin concentrate, so I soak some hay cubes so she gets 'something' in her bin that takes as long to eat as the hard keeper, but is basically just wet hay (somehow it is just more scrumptious than regular hay!).
 

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Thanks for all the good answers everyone! 'Like' ;)
 

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I soak. I went out and bought one bag of Alfalfa pellets and one bag of Alfalfa cubes. I literally broke one cube into 3 pieces, fed it to Casey, and she choked. Later I also feed 3 pellets dry and she choked. -face palm-

I am careful to soak all beet pulp and cubes/pellets for Casey now! She doesn't bolt her food, she just tends to choke. She has choked a couple times before. You have to be careful if your horse has choked before, choking can scar tissue so horses tend to be more likely to choke after they have choked once. That being said, I have a friend who has fed 5 horses age 3-30 for 20+ years unsoaked hay cubes with no problem.
 
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Ok, so how long should I soak them for? What's a safe time frame?
 

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I feed alfalfa/oat hay cubes and I absolutely LOVE them!!! Even just adding 2# a day to some of my horses feeds made a world of difference. I do soak mine for pretty much to eliminate the choking hazard. We have a 26yo that doesnt have good teeth and then the second horse that gets them is a severe choke hazard. (He chokes on everything but pasture). By soaking them I dont have to worry about them getting choked. I would love to feed some without having to soak them but I dont want those two guys to get a hold of someone elses and get choked.

I add hot water to mine and in 30 minutes they are completely broken apart.
 

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I tried them and hated them.
I have a horse that chokes for something to do and they look like a real hazard and not at all inviting - like eating me dry shredded wheat - so I soaked them - that didn't go well as after hours in water they still didn't seem the consistency I wanted and after more hours and more water they were sloppy mush that none of them wanted to eat
I feed Triple Crown safe starch forage which I always damp slightly in the same way as feeding plain chaff/chop.
Its far less hassle
Equine Supplements: Forage Feed With Equine Supplements From Triple Crown
 

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You can get away with two hours with cold water if you break the cubes into smaller pieces, but otherwise I would soak them for 6-12 hours. I wouldn't soak them for more than 8 hours when it is very hot out, they could spoil.
 

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Ok, so how long should I soak them for? What's a safe time frame?
I soak them enough that they aren't a choking risk. Depends on the volume. If it's not a whole bunch then an hour with cold water is fine.
I'd soak only what you are just about to feed. Soak before you ride, feed after would be fine.
 

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Ok thanks! You're all so helpful:wink: appreciate it:wink:
 
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