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Re: alfalfa cubes to balance late cut hay

Hello Elise,

When you say "grain" -- if you mean a feed that contains cereal grains such as oats, corn, barley, rice, etc. -- then this would not be appropriate for an easy keeper. You want to eliminate starchy feeds (and also sugar). So, you really don't need anything other than hay (free-choice, that is tested to make sure it is low in sugar/starch), a good vitamin/mineral supplement to fill in the gaps that exist with hay (preferably one that is flaxseed meal based such as Glanzen Lite Complete, and a small amount of a carrier feed so you can mix it with the Glanzen Lite Complete, such as alfalfa cubes or beet pulp. That's all -- oh, plus plain, white salt and temperature controlled water.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

ok thanks! my horse REALLY doesn't need to gain weight, he is a VERY easy keeper, so I probably shouldn't go with the alfalfa? So is he ok with just his heavily fortified grain and timothy hay? or should I add something more?

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO