Hard feed for Highland

Caol Ila

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Yes, yes, you're all going to tell me Highlands live on air. But he's on Forageplus hoof balancer, and I need something to throw the powder into. I've been using Gypsum's leftover Dengie Hi-Fi molasses free but that has alfafa in it, and I am questioning whether it's the best thing for him. He gets a handful and eats his balancer.

Is there anything better?
 

Widgeon

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Is he sensitive to alfalfa? I have 12 horses on it, and they are all fine. I actively choose to feed it, unless there's an issue
My cob munches through alfalfa every day and it has absolutely no effect - so I probably wouldn't worry about your Highland having it unless it actually seems to be affecting him adversely - he might be fine. It's just another thing to worry about isn't it!
 

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I use unmolassed beet pulp and micronised linseed as a base to add my powdered vit/min supplement to. All my natives look very well on this basic bucket feed, along with best quality hay when required.
 

Caol Ila

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He might be fine on the Alfafa. I changed his hoof boots today -- from Gypsum's hand-me-down Scoots to his own, personally fitted, brand new shiny pair of Renegade Vipers, and he was a lot less spooky. He's never had his own slave before, and he's never had shiny new things bought only for him by aforesaid slave. He is milking this one.
 

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TopSpec do a high fibre mash, I know a Highland enthusiast who feeds this and hers are certainly not overweight :D.

Great in the winter months as you can make it with warm water and also great in the summer months as it's hydrating.
 

Peglo

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My good doer is on speedi beet and hi-fi molasses free to carry her vits and mins. It’s good on the £’s as the oldies cost me a fortune on hard feed.
 

PapaverFollis

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I have one fatty on Spillers speedy mash and the other on Dengie healthy hooves for their minerals. No complaints. I was worried about the alfalfa in the healthy hooves but honestly there's been no issue. I got fed up of trying to source feeds that aren't readily available!
 

Merry Equimas

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I wonder if there is a list (like that one that is posted for the sugar in chaff)

I too need to give a little something to my fatty who needs her daily meds. I’m giving grass nuts purely because I have a bag (it doesn’t go off…does it?) and she eats it. But considering she’s on metformin I might be cancelling out the meds lol
 
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