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Alfalfa And Horses - An article by Stacy Elliot

Most of you who own horses have to feed hay throughout the year or during the winter. This is why you should take into consideration the type of hay you are feeding. Horses digestive systems are more finicky than other livestock, when feeding your horses you need to feed hay best suited for them. Alfalfa hay is not necessarily the right choice, alfalfa consists of very high protein around 23% .

Horses only need 8-12% protein in their diet, they absorb their energy from fiber not protein. Excess protein in the equine diet can over stimulate the pituitary which is a gland in the brain that regulates growth and reproductive hormones, harm the digestive tract, over work the kidneys, and may even leach minerals out of the body.

Low fiber diets allows cortisol and insulin levels to raise. This increase in cortisol and insulin will eliminate friendly bacteria that is benificail for digestion and protecting the intestinal wall. When the intestinal wall is damaged toxins and bacteria leak into the blood stream and circulate down into the feet causing inflammation {founder}.

Some symptoms of raised levels of protein include: Cribbing, crankiness, stiff muscles, cresty necks, protein bumps [pea size bumps on the skin]. Alfalfa is also very acidic which can lead to arthritis and other joint issues. So when selecting your horses hay it is best to choose a mixed grass hay with low protein 8-12% and more fiber.

When fed properly horses will achieve their natural wild horse power and perform better.