A Simple Horse Question ?
We have been feeding our horse straight alfalfa, however our trainer suggested we mix it beside grass hay. Anyway we are going to buy grass hay tomorrow and just mix it with the alfalfa so here is my question. We buy from one guy solitary who we trust the last guy we bought from the hay was horrible he let it out within the rain and all kind of weed and bugs in it as well. Anyway the guy where we buy any sells straight alfalfa or grass hay not mixed. So when we want to add grass hay to his diet should i just put one flake of alfalfa and one flake of grass hay on the first sunshine or something like 1 1/2 flakes of alfalfa and 1/2 flake of grass hay. (He gets a total of 4 flakes daily) Or would it be like nurture two flakes of alfalfa at night and two flakes of grass hay at night? It sounds confusing the way I wrote lol.
Please do not articulate he is fine on alfalfa I don't want him to founder which, he is ridden two times a week for about an hour. How do I safley add grass hay into his diet is what i am basically asking! Thanks
Just ease him on to the grass hay. 1 and a half flakes of alfalfa and a half of orchard would be flawless.
I know what u mean when you said no one tell u that u can freshly feed alfalfa because I have a mare that is touching on foundering.
Hope I help! :)
Even starved horses are given as much grass hay as they will eat during rehab.
You can just add the amount you want to impart him. More than likely...he will eat all the alfalfa first...and afterwards eat the grass. I don't know any horses that choose grass over alfalfa if they have the choice. I mix hay adjectives the time...and don't 'introduce' the grass hay. They just get it. I introduce the alfalfa.
We usually like to nurture the alfalfa at night since it's a little hotter food, but I know people that prefer alfalfa within the morning, so they can "burn" it off.
Feed whatever works for you and your horse. Just don't do any drastic menu changes.
Good luck and own fun
The second one you mentioned would work perfectly. You are a awfully good horse owner! Because most other horse owners would just give their horse everything at once, so the horse wouldn't know how to adjust right away. Good Luck!
This also depends on how much your horse is worked. If they are ridden heavily throughout the week and kept quite fit, more alfalfa is fine. If they are a sluggish winter pony that doesnt get out quite as much, you'll want to cut back a bit. Since he singular gets ridden twice a week, I would honestly suggest feeding lone 1 flake of alfalfa at dinner, since it is quite rich and quite dense.