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Posted 1/5/2015 2:48:44 PM


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So now my bo is only giving Baylee one flake of hay am and pm because she says it is alfalfa and she says that it is super good and they have the inside market. (Obviously they don't have the inside market on roundbales >_<)
So someone correct if I'm wrong.
Wouldn't Baylee need more than one flake am and pm to help keep her warm?
And won't alfalfa be worse for her seeing that she is already almost overweight?
Would it be better if she had a timothy or mixed grass hay because she could have more of it to keep her warm or does one flake of alfalfa work to keep her warm all night?

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Afalfa is usually only fed to brood mares and young horses that are still growing. It isnt the best for mature horses even though it is the highest type in nutrients. There is a study going around to see if alfalfa when fed to mature horses can cause liver damage but idk. I know all this cause we grow a lot of hay and we keep up on it lol. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I would think that any type of hay, only two flakes a day wouldn't be enough, especially with the cold. I would recommend a alfala/timothy mix, or just a grass mix. Mixes are good since they get the nutrients of the different types and aren't lacking or high in any one.



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We feed all our horses coastal, about six per horse per day and they're all in pretty nice shape
idrk though, our climates are very different
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there is one mare that colics if she eats coastal so she has probably five flakes of soaked alfalfa a day and she's not fat or crazy

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Posted 1/5/2015 3:23:53 PM


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If it's of any interest Callie (alfalfa maresy) was/is a broodmare

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Afalfa is usually only fed to brood mares and young horses that are still growing. It isnt the best for mature horses even though it is the highest type in nutrients. There is a study going around to see if alfalfa when fed to mature horses can cause liver damage but idk.

Alfalfa is very commonly fed to performance horses...
It sounds like you've confused your facts. I can only find studies that say that alfalfa is beneficial to liver health. Alfalfa is bad to feed to horses that already have kidney damage because it's high in calcium, but it doesn't cause liver or kidney damage. The only thing I can find remotely related to what you're saying is that alfalfa bales can be contaminated with poisonous plants that cause liver damage.

OP, how much does one flake weigh? A flake isn't a standard unit of measurement; it could be anywhere from 1-5+ lb. How much hay she needs also depends on how much grain she gets and how much grass there is available.

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[quote]Gonna_Make_It (1/5/2015)
Afalfa is usually only fed to brood mares and young horses that are still growing. It isnt the best for mature horses even though it is the highest type in nutrients. There is a study going around to see if alfalfa when fed to mature horses can cause liver damage but idk.

Alfalfa is very commonly fed to performance horses...
It sounds like you've confused your facts. I can only find studies that say that alfalfa is beneficial to liver health. Alfalfa is bad to feed to horses that already have kidney damage because it's high in calcium, but it doesn't cause liver or kidney damage. The only thing I can find remotely related to what you're saying is that alfalfa bales can be contaminated with poisonous plants that cause liver damage.

OP, how much does one flake weigh? A flake isn't a standard unit of measurement; it could be anywhere from 1-5+ lb. How much hay she needs also depends on how much grain she gets and how much grass there is available.

-Hannah[/quote]
I have no clue how much it weighs. They don't weigh the hay. She gets 1.5lbs of Buckeye Gro 'N Win a day and is on pasture from either 7-11 am (they have no set schedule on when they turn them out) until dark. But most of the grass is dead and the roundbale is crap

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