Feeding alternative forage
The last several weeks, my 5yo mare has been threatening to choke. So I went ahead and made an appt at the nearest vet hospital to have her scoped. Well this week, she did actually choke, just days before her appt. Thankfully, I work for my veterinarian and we got there within 15 minutes and cleared it, then I moved up her scope appt and took her yesterday.
Long story short, she has a congenital deformity of her esophagus that is going to require special feeding for the duration of her life.
Thankfully, that was all it was, and it is manageable, and I live in sunny South Carolina where we have grass 9-10 months out of the year, but the late fall, winter, and early spring will require some forage substitution to make up for the dormant grass.
Due to her condition, hay is not an option, but we discussed soaked alfalfa cubes and soaked chopped forage. For grain, she will be on soaked senior feed 1. because of the great consistency it reaches and 2. because it is a complete feed that will help make up for the lost forage.
So my question is for those that do substitute forage with a chopped or dried product, and what do you use and why?