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Re: [RC] RC: Alfalfa Pellets - Bette Lamore

I know they had a problem with a big stable down San Diego way-- forget the name-- whose 
horses all colicked and many didn't make it due to ground up rats, I believe, in the hay 
cubes. I'm pretty sure the brand was Shaffter although I am sure they have since made 
arrangements to  never have that happen again-- lots of law suits as they were high end 
show horses. Perhaps that is the reason I don't drink much wine as I have heard about 
"droppings" that get into that along with mold.... That's why margaritas are 
best!!! Plus vitamin C from the limes ;-)
Bette Lamore
Whispering Oaks Arabians
Home of Bunny and 16.2h TLA Halynov
who lives on through his legacy Hal's Riverdance!

"Life is not  a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming --WOW-- what
a ride !! "

Dabney Finch wrote:
I, for one, would be interested in knowing why you asked if anyone had seen how pellets are made and then finished with that cryptic "out of sight out of mind."

Would you share the Rest of the Story?

Dabney--Murrieta, CA

----- Original Message ----- From: Carol Suggs To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 8:51 PM
Subject: [RC] RC: Alfalfa Pellets

Dressage barn that I trained at in Los Gatos years ago used these routinely as their main feed source. Horses were all stalled and turned out once a day to a dry individual paddock area. When I asked my trainer why they used the pellets her reply was simply: easier to handle and store than hay.

Problem is that a horse is meant to spend the majority of their day eating. I fear that horses that are kept on such a restrictive diet will develop other vices because they have too much time on their hands (or hooves!). Plus I have seen horses choke on cubes and pellets before and that is very scary.

I would only use these when we go high country camping or on a road trip, making sure that my horse was accustom to eating them prior to our travels. Soaking has been mentioned, which is a great idea, especially for the cubes. I personally would not recommend them for the only source of food, although I do know a lot of folks that feed it.

Have you ever been to a feed plant and see how they make some of these pellets? But then again, out of sight out of mind.

Carol-Mariposa, CA


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[RC] RC: Alfalfa Pellets, Carol Suggs
Re: [RC] RC: Alfalfa Pellets, Dabney Finch