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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Running out of hay - other alternatives?

Hi Dr. Getty,
The stable where I board my horse is going to run out of hay before first cutting is available. Last year he fed soaked alfalfa cubes as an alternative. My horse has PSSM. He has been doing great on the grass hay and Triple Crown Low Starch diet. I'm concerned if he is fed the alfalfa cubes it will cause him to tie-up. Our local feed stores don't have any hay for sale. Is there another safe alternative that you would recommend for a PSSM horse? Thank you.

Where are you from? Wyoming

How did you locate this forum? regular visitor

Re: Running out of hay - other alternatives?

Hi Lori,

Alfalfa is high in protein but not high in NSC (sugars and starch), so there should not be any problem in feeding alfalfa to a horse with a polysaccharide myopathy disorder.

However, feeding only alfalfa is not a good idea. Triple Crown does have a hay replacer that is very low in starch. So, check with your feed dealer and see if they have Triple Crown Safe Starch.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO