A big, green, leafy bale of alfalfa hay... it is a beautiful thing to any horse person! But when are alfalfa pellets a perfect choice, and why are they fed? Let's look at some benefits to alfalfa pellets.
Alfalfa pellets are ideal for the toothless senior citizen or any horse with dental issues. Pellets break down easily and are easier to chew than alfalfa hay. Soaked in water to make a mash, alfalfa pellets are a great forage source for horses who cannot chew and digest hay.
Not everyone has a spacious hay loft for storage. If space is at a premium for you, alfalfa pellets in bags are much more space efficient than bales of hay. Alfalfa pellets are also a good choice for trailer rides to shows, trail rides, or any time you need to bring your horse's hay source with you.
Did you know alfalfa is an excellent source of calcium? Calcium works to buffer the acid in the horse's stomach, just like taking some antacids. Offering your horse a pound or two of alfalfa pellets is a great way to buffer the acid in their gut and encourage digestive health. Many horses struggling with stomach ulcers can benefit from being fed alfalfa pellets.
Getting access to high quality hay is not always easy. Alfalfa pellets are a good way to offer your horse high quality forage when your options are limited. Arid regions, locations where hay is not grown in abundance, and areas suffering from a drought often turn to alfalfa pellets as a consistently high quality forage source.
There are many reasons alfalfa pellets may be right for you and your horse. Consider these benefits and keep alfalfa pellets in mind next time your horse's diet needs a change.
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