A question for you’all
|February 28, 2012||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
For those of you that saw my Facebook status about NOT BLOGGING because I should be studying….this is not a blog post. This is a fact finding mission.
I want to know……whether I should board my horse if it means giving up grass hay and switching to alfalfa.
The money is the same whether I continue to have her at my parents versus boarding. The boarding stable is across the street (which is a highway) and is where my dad boards his two horses. Nice facilities, arena, solid sided big round pen, and the ability to ride off the property for a couple of hours without trailering. Shared pastures. Irrigated, so at least part of the year there is some grass.
The only downside is that they feed alfalfa and it would not be an option to feed grass there.
I’m at the point in my conditioning that the ability to get off the property for a couple hours without trailering would be a HUGE bonus. I thought I would be able to do that at my parents, but new owners of property and new fences make it impossible to get onto the levee’s and ride, and I have to trespass property that does NOT want horses on it in order to get to a spot to cross the highway where I would ride if I boarded.
So…..how critical would it be if she was on a 100% alfalfa diet? It doesn’t look too rich – looks horse appropriate. I’m willing to buy a bale or two of grass and keep it around, but with me seeing my horse only 3 days a week or so, I wouldn’t be able to give enough to make a difference.
Is giving over 50% alfalfa in the diet a death knell for endurance riding?
I’m going to have to move my horse regardless because my parents property won’t be available to me to have a horse on after this summer. I’m going to have to decide whether pasture space, or grass hay is more important – no one in this area feeds grass. Most will feed it if your horse is in a small private paddock/stall and you buy it – but I think that pasture is more important to hay – so not willing to go that route.
What to do what to do.
I can always move her back to my parents for a few months and find somewhere else if it doesn’t work out.
Right now the minimum trailer ride is 15 minutes away from my parents – but I live 20-25 minutes away. If you start adding up the time it takes me to get to just the river bottoms for an hour or 2 ride, the cost in time is high.
What do you guys think? I’ve had Farley on a 50% alfalfa diet before and she did fine – she only switched to 100% grass ~18 months ago. She’s been on 50/50 since I got her – but was fed 100% alfalfa before then.
I would be willing to feed a ration balancer for alfalfa if that would help balance the hay.
I’m particularly worried about the Ca:P ratio.
Please give me your thoughts!!!!!!!