Poll

Feeding Alfalfa

Do you feed your horse alfalfa?

Yes, alfalfa hay
41%
504
Yes, alfalfa pellets
12%
149
Yes, alfalfa cubes
10%
119
No
30%
372
Other (please specify)
8%
100

Total votes cast: 1244

Comments & Write-in Answers

Grass hay

4/24/2017 11:55:52 PM

I feed orchard grass, sometimes timothy pellets. No alfalfa or Bermuda.

4/24/2017 10:56:40 PM

Chaffhaye

4/24/2017 10:19:59 PM

20% alfalfa and 80% meadow grass hay with irrigated pasture turnout with grazing muzzles & supplemen

4/24/2017 9:12:42 PM

My horse is old and can't eat hay. Soaked alfalfa cubes are great.

4/24/2017 9:07:57 PM

Timothy

4/24/2017 7:37:32 PM

chaff plus concentrated pellets

4/24/2017 6:53:48 PM

Only soaked timothy/alfalfa hay cubes for our 3 seniors at our barn. Prefer no alfalfa though.

4/24/2017 5:34:58 PM

hay when available

4/24/2017 3:22:40 PM

Hay, cubes, and pellets

4/24/2017 2:52:32 PM

alfalfa/grass hay mix

4/24/2017 1:30:23 PM

Have fed all three before, currently feeding cubes

4/24/2017 11:46:56 AM

My OTTB becomes a hyper, nervous, unrideable mess if I feed him alfalfa

4/24/2017 11:13:29 AM

Alfalfa meal in his senior feed

4/24/2017 2:40:29 AM

alfalfa/ grass mix

4/23/2017 10:09:53 PM

Not as much as she would like

4/23/2017 8:58:15 PM

Only after thoroughly soaking. Had a choke incident and will never feed dry again

4/23/2017 6:28:46 PM

grass hay/alfalfa hay

4/23/2017 5:47:40 PM

ulcer prone 37 year old

4/23/2017 3:04:11 PM

Only one flake daily as a supplement to his grass hay.

4/23/2017 2:37:13 PM

only hay to keep weight on hard keepers and helps prevent ulcers on 3-4 hour winter riding events

4/23/2017 1:39:32 PM

ONE POUND PELLETS WITH FREE FED TIMOTHY HAY

4/22/2017 9:08:17 PM

I feed grass hay

4/22/2017 6:35:06 PM

I feed both cubes & pellets (alfalfa)

4/22/2017 6:05:35 PM

Alfalfa and Rye grass blend

4/22/2017 5:47:20 PM

T&A cubes

4/22/2017 2:21:50 PM

Bermuda/alfalfa blend pellets with bermuda hay

4/22/2017 1:00:05 PM

just as a carrier for my vitamins n minerals

4/22/2017 12:28:09 PM

both hay and cubes

4/22/2017 12:27:18 PM

I also feed an alfalfa and orchard grass hay mixture during the winter.

4/22/2017 10:35:03 AM

If they need it to maintain body condition and type. We grow it for: elderly, show string & hardkeep

4/22/2017 9:16:50 AM

why not?

4/22/2017 9:01:36 AM

grass hay with timothy, tall fescue, orchard grass and brome

4/22/2017 8:34:09 AM

Only one flake a day. The rest is grass hay.

4/22/2017 8:09:50 AM

1/2 of daily ration. provides more complete protein.

4/22/2017 7:50:19 AM

One yes one no, mare needs it to maintain muscle but pony is senitive. Genetics determine the need.

4/21/2017 8:39:02 PM

NUTRITIONAL VALUE AND THE EATER'S PREFERENCE!

4/21/2017 8:24:01 PM

Only certified organic alfalfa pellets. I avoid glyphosate in my food; so should my equine friend.

4/21/2017 8:15:24 PM

This is for yearlings

4/21/2017 7:50:14 PM

I feed the older pony that cannot chew hay alfalfa pellets only

4/21/2017 7:28:08 PM

veteran vitality and molly chaff cherry and fast fibre

4/21/2017 7:25:57 PM

I feed an alfalfa/brome mix just to one of my horses due to trouble chewing. Alfalfa is softer.

4/21/2017 7:00:33 PM

as a supplement to timothy hay

4/21/2017 5:37:03 PM

My horse is alfalfa intolerant. He eats a corn and oat mixture plus coastal and pasture.

4/21/2017 5:00:08 PM

T/A

4/21/2017 4:39:23 PM

Quality grass hay

4/21/2017 4:31:53 PM

alfalfa /timothy hay combo

4/21/2017 3:46:07 PM

alfalfa/timothy cubes

4/21/2017 12:58:34 PM

As treats only

4/21/2017 11:50:50 AM

I break up alfalfa cubes to use as positive reinforcement in my training.

4/21/2017 11:08:22 AM

They get alfalfa in the morning and grass hay for dinner

4/21/2017 10:47:00 AM

Cubes as supplement for growing youngsters.

4/21/2017 9:48:28 AM

I feed my hard keeper alfalfa to help keep weight on her

4/21/2017 9:37:16 AM

Both alfalfa mix hay as well as alfalfa pellets in feed

4/21/2017 8:42:59 AM

wet, only way she gets hay, no teeth to chew

4/21/2017 8:30:13 AM

Hay Cubes as treats in cooler months. Warm hay cube stew once a week during winter months.

4/21/2017 8:12:11 AM

Grass alfalfa mix

4/21/2017 7:53:49 AM

Orchard grass

4/21/2017 7:45:13 AM

and other forage foods, timothy cubes, beet pulp

4/21/2017 5:11:51 AM

Only to 1 horse and 1 burro to put weight on them.

4/21/2017 2:11:57 AM

I feed second crop mixed grass and clover.

4/20/2017 9:13:05 PM

aged pasture pet Morgan gelding- not needed.

4/20/2017 7:18:47 PM

2-1/2 flakes grass, 1/2 flake alfalfa for the calcium = 12# total

4/20/2017 7:17:21 PM

Alfalfa cubes and pellets

4/20/2017 6:20:45 PM

my horses are feed timothy-orchard mix and a handful of alfalfa with their supplements

4/20/2017 6:02:03 PM

Grass hay

4/20/2017 5:55:08 PM

My husband's Quarter Horse has HYPP-can't be fed alfalfa or products containing excess postassium

4/20/2017 5:19:22 PM

orchard grass

4/20/2017 5:05:00 PM

Feed a grass alfalfa mix hay

4/20/2017 4:41:37 PM

Mainly as an evening treat.

4/20/2017 4:31:40 PM

Good quality grass hay is all my horse requires.

4/20/2017 3:52:56 PM

I feed mix of 50/50 Alfalfa and bermuda

4/20/2017 2:41:06 PM

2 air ferns, get a little turn out and mature timothy

4/20/2017 2:12:56 PM

mix pellets,short chop,cubes plus oil

4/20/2017 11:08:44 AM

I use them for stretching excerices (carrot stretching) and as a reward when doing ground work such

4/20/2017 10:47:36 AM

Grass alfalfa mix..10-20% alfalfa

4/20/2017 9:54:27 AM

alfalfa for her special diet

4/20/2017 9:27:02 AM

Chaff

4/20/2017 7:20:58 AM

We feed Lucerne chaff

4/20/2017 5:22:30 AM

I feed mix of Alfalfa & beet fibre

4/20/2017 3:38:26 AM

Feed alfalfa pellets with oats as my horses "grain" feed twice daily.

4/20/2017 2:27:35 AM

Only to balance calcium/phosphorus intake.

4/20/2017 1:34:02 AM

80% Orchard grass/20% alfalfa mix to my 4 yr old, alfalfa/timothy pellets to the 30 yr old.

4/20/2017 1:21:30 AM

an alfalfa grass mixed hay

4/20/2017 12:46:42 AM

We feed both cubes and hay.

4/20/2017 12:08:56 AM

Lucerne Dengie

4/19/2017 11:30:01 PM

grass/alfalfa mix or just grass

4/19/2017 11:23:40 PM

Alfalfa as a "treat". It's a popular one, too ;-)

4/19/2017 10:56:22 PM

Just to my senior horse with extensive teeth issues. She gets chopped alfalfa. The others get hay.

4/19/2017 10:53:20 PM

alfalfa / grass mix hay

4/19/2017 10:40:22 PM

mixed grass/alfalfa hay. I'd prefer only grass hay, but this is what I can get.

4/19/2017 10:16:42 PM

chaff

4/19/2017 9:47:18 PM

Alfalfa/grass

4/19/2017 9:32:31 PM

A few alfalfa/hay cubes as treats

4/19/2017 8:31:13 PM

Very rarely

4/19/2017 7:06:49 PM

both hay and pellets

4/19/2017 6:53:25 PM

feed to a yearling and a pregnant mare

4/19/2017 5:26:35 PM

Yes but no more than a few pounds a day with timothy, orchard grass or grass mix

4/19/2017 5:23:10 PM

Grass-alfalfa mix

4/19/2017 4:26:34 PM

orchard/alfalfa blend

4/19/2017 4:17:03 PM

Alfalfa/grass mix hay

4/19/2017 1:41:39 PM

I feed a little alfalfa hay along with grass hay and a beet pulp mash.

4/19/2017 11:25:48 AM

Pasture grass hay. While in FL for he winter Coastal hay.

4/19/2017 11:17:28 AM

We feed a little, but mostly grass hay

4/19/2017 10:59:10 AM

Alfalfa chaff

4/19/2017 10:57:54 AM

Alfalfa cubes, and alfalfa mix hay

4/19/2017 10:49:32 AM

We feed alfalfa in the pm. Breakfast & lunch are a mixture of Oat and Orchard

4/19/2017 10:11:04 AM

I have Haflingers; no alfalfa, ever.

4/19/2017 10:10:06 AM

Only a flake before meals to buffer stomach acid, otherwise he gets grass hay.

4/19/2017 10:04:39 AM

I did this winter, and their feed, Thrive is a alfalfa based feed.

4/19/2017 10:02:22 AM

In South Africa its an essential part of their diet as our hay is not always great quality

4/19/2017 8:22:59 AM

Mixed grasses/alfalfa- hay is 70/30 ratio

4/19/2017 8:19:20 AM

Too rich for my horses, and not readily available in my area anyway.

4/19/2017 8:17:16 AM

I supplement a flake a day for his stomach and additional protein

4/19/2017 8:11:31 AM

Free choice orchard or orchard mix grass hay

4/19/2017 7:07:28 AM

As part of mineral pellet from equine vit&min

4/19/2017 3:35:09 AM

My animals are all good doers, if I had any that needed extra then I would feed alfalfa cubes.

4/19/2017 2:42:09 AM

alfa chaff with oil

4/19/2017 2:09:05 AM

Primarily, but not exclusively.

4/19/2017 12:18:58 AM

Alfalfa hay & alfalfa pellets. My OTTBs do well w/lots of protein.

4/18/2017 11:45:12 PM

My senior Arabian gets alfalfa/oat pellets w/grass hay, my mini won't eat anything but alfalfa hay

4/18/2017 11:27:22 PM

Have access to very good grass hay that's shipped in from New Jersey

4/18/2017 10:59:17 PM

alternate w/grass hay at feedings for 2, one only grass solely

4/18/2017 10:20:19 PM

I feed alf/oat cubes as well.

4/18/2017 9:46:53 PM

I live in Kentucky , there is no need!

4/18/2017 9:40:26 PM

Orchard alfalfa mix. Strait alfalfa toeards end of pregnancy and while nursing for 1st 4 months.

4/18/2017 9:30:01 PM

second cut alfalfa hay given in winter for calories

4/18/2017 9:10:01 PM

Alfalfa/grass hay plus complete-feed pellets in which alfalfa is a major ingredient.

4/18/2017 9:09:48 PM

I feed a 4:1 ratio mix of Bermuda hay and Alfalfa.

4/18/2017 9:06:46 PM

split alfalfa cube as treat occasionally

4/18/2017 8:53:46 PM

Half alfalfa half grain hay combined am and pm

4/18/2017 8:38:09 PM

i dont feed alfalfa cause i ended up with two of the morgans getting heaves from it!

4/18/2017 8:34:46 PM

Yes, living in Arizona it's the most common and affordable hay. I try to feed some grass hay too.

4/18/2017 8:18:19 PM

I'm feeding an Orchard Grass/Alfalfa mix hay.

4/18/2017 8:13:33 PM

No, we feed our horses hay and sweet feed(Grain)

4/18/2017 7:44:45 PM

Alfalfa/Timothy. I never feed Alfalfa alone, always mix it with something else.

4/18/2017 7:29:01 PM

Pellets only in the winter to supplement hay; none rest of the year.

4/18/2017 7:18:31 PM

Only feed grass hay. Alfalfa is not good for mules.

4/18/2017 7:16:47 PM

and a alfalfa mix

4/18/2017 7:13:11 PM

Alfalfa complete feed pellets divided into 2 feedings, and Bermuda hay in a slow feeder

4/18/2017 6:52:11 PM

oat hay and oat alfalfa cubes,weigh every thing even the ponies .

4/18/2017 6:22:44 PM

We feed 1/4 alfalfa 3/4 Bermuda most of the time. We increase alfalfa during cold weather & heavy wo

4/18/2017 6:17:35 PM

small amounts in winter only

4/18/2017 6:08:32 PM

TEFF hay

4/18/2017 5:51:10 PM

She is supplemented with Alfalfa cubes or hay. Most of her forage is 1st cut local hay.

4/18/2017 5:43:37 PM

We feed grass hay but also give a handful of alfalfa every day or so for nutritional variety

4/18/2017 5:10:02 PM

half pound of bermuda/alfalfa pellets along with grass hay

4/18/2017 5:06:09 PM

Cubes along with grass hay, supplements, and, of course, carrots.

4/18/2017 4:59:09 PM

its amazing

4/18/2017 4:31:08 PM

Orchard bales have about 15-25% alfalfa

4/18/2017 3:57:54 PM

Most get alfalfa/timothy mix, a few get grass hay and the seniors get alfalfa only.

4/18/2017 3:56:11 PM

alfalfa-timothy pellets for 34-yr old mare.

4/18/2017 3:03:55 PM

Alfalfa, orchard combination & orchard

4/18/2017 2:28:29 PM

grass hay

4/18/2017 2:09:53 PM

We tried a couple of times, but my horse would get supper skittish, spookish, and very jumpy.

4/18/2017 1:31:51 PM

!# Alf /100# expected mature BWT plus free choice grass

4/18/2017 1:01:21 PM

My saddlebred is a hard keep so he gets that as well as coastal hay. It hasn't effected his mood.

4/18/2017 12:46:13 PM

mostly during the winter months

4/18/2017 12:35:44 PM

Only as needed for certain horses, times of the year

4/18/2017 11:50:39 AM

My easy going trail horse becomes a barrel horse when fed alfalfa.

4/18/2017 11:20:07 AM

We feed an alfalfa/grass hay mix, and sometimes the picky eaters get alfalfa cubes if they get thin

4/18/2017 10:51:09 AM

He won't touch pellets or cubes, but loves some alfalfa hay mixed with his timothy hay.

4/18/2017 10:35:53 AM