Foundering and Alfalfa?

Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by Horselove4ever9, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. Horselove4ever9

    Horselove4ever9 Senior Member

    Aug 21, 2009
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    I remember reading somewhere one time that if you give horses alfalfa that are already on pasture all day with rich grass it can cause them to founder. My question is this. My horses are on pasture all day. We order hay and it gets delivered. The batch of hay we just got is supposed to me O&A, but it looks like straight Alfalfa. This worries me because my horse Abby is a little over weight and I don't want her to founder or my mom's horse Charlie, or any of the horses out there for that matter. So can Alfalfa along with being on pasture with good grass cause a horse to founder?
  2. JBandRio

    JBandRio Senior Member

    Oct 18, 2005
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    Alfalfa in and of itself does not cause laminitis or founder.

    There are MANY horses who are on pasture all day and get some/all alfalfa hay at night.

    But, you do not want to feed all/much alfalfa to an overweight horse - too many calories.

    There is *some* evidence that metabolic/IR horses are sensitive to alfalfa and it's generally not recommended until the horse proves otherwise, but that is not at all the same as saying alfalfa causes laminitis.

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