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RE: [RC] Alfalpha Pellets - Nancy Sturm

We fed alfalfa pellets to the first horse we ever had, over 40 years ago. 
He choked and scared me to death.

The treating vet said he saw choke from pellets fairly frequently.

We've never fed them since, but we feed soaked beet pulp, which certainly
looks similar before it's soaked.

Nancy Sturm


[Original Message]
From: Catfish Daniels <catfishdaniels@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 10/17/2005 5:58:32 PM
Subject: [RC]   Alfalpha Pellets

I know there's been discussion on this before - but I didn't read it. 
You 
can, if you like e-mail me privately not to clog up ridecamp.

We're having incredible rain storms in this area and some of our major 
alfalpha distributors' barns are totally flooded.  Plus a couple of days
ago 
over 12,000 alfalpha bales burned to the ground from a lightening strike.

There's talk that it'll be tough and VERY expensive to get alfalpha in
the 
area where I live.  Several of the locals are suggesting and have been
known 
to use alfalpha pellets instead of the hay. The kind you can buy in 50
pound 
bags or even 1/2 ton skid loads.  They swear by them and claim that their 
horses get more nutrition that way - and less food is waisted.  Mind you, 
these good folks are not endurance riders - rather more or less your
average 
weekend riders, some of them ropers and barrel racers.  They like the 
pallets due to the fact that it's easier to feed without a bunch of hay 
being blown around in the wind, etc,etc.

Well - my question is...have any of you all fed your horses these
alfalpha 
pellets?  What are the pros and the cons.  I'm not a fan of processed
type 
of feed as I always try to keep things as natural as possible.  But I
also 
want to see other people's point of view.  Any personal experiences with
it 
would be greatly appreciated.

Catfish

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