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Re: Alfalfa/grass or separate bales

Hi Camille,

Mixing grass with alfalfa can be tricky and this is especially true with second cuttings when alfalfa tends to be a higher percentage of the hay.

So, bottom line... I like alfalfa for many reasons (in moderation) but I prefer to feed it separately in order to monitor the amount horses receive, as well as to maintain hay quality.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

I have also heard that since moisture content is different that grass hay and alfalfa hay require different curing/baling techniques and you will often end up with moldy bales when grass is mixed with alfalfa.

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO