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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Can I free feed Alphalpha?

We have 5 horses and one pony (our oldest horse being 19 and our youngest is 3). Last year we fed them all some grain and alphalpha. We used the small bales and feed a couple in the morning and night. This year we wanted to give them large bales to eat free choice and no grain. They are pasture horses so stil spend time grazing some on grass. Currently all of our horses are at a good weight. Is free feed alphalpha a bad idea? It does seem to make our 3 yr. old a little on edge when we work her. We ride about once a week right now. What would you recommend?

Where are you from? Colorado

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Re: Can I free feed Alphalpha?

It's alfalfa.

Where are you from? GA

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Re: Can I free feed Alphalpha?

Hi Christy,

I answered a similar posting from you a bit ago -- so I won't repeat my response here. But, you did add the information that your horses are on some pasture. Of course, this time of year, there really isn't any "pasture" in Colorado -- just dried grass that died with the first frost. And, if you received the snow I did yesterday, your horses can't even find the pasture!

So, I still recommend using alfalfa only as part of the hay ration, not as the main hay. And, be sure to feed Glanzen Complete to fill in gaps. You'll need to feed a small meal for the supplement -- some beet pulp or even a small amount of a commercial feed.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO