Alfalfa for boarding barn?
I'm moving my horse to a boarding facility soon, but I'm also trying to tackle his unthriftiness, a little bit of rain rot and cribbing. I'd have him scoped to be sure of a diagnosis of ulcers, but the biggest equine practice in town doesn't have a long enough scope.
His current diet is Strategy (that's what he came in on) and unlimited grass Hay. I just added 1 flake of alfalfa per feeding.
The new barn feeds oats, corn, and grass hay, though they will feed anything "special" that the horse requires.
Obviously it would be best for me $$ wise to use the barn's feeding protocol as best I can, and I'm totally pro whole foods for horses. I'd like to keep adding the alfalfa though, to see if that helps his tummy. Would you try pellets? Are they "as good" for tummies as actual alfalfa hay? I don't think I can provide enough real alfalfa hay.
What about adding a high fat source? I know in humans that can ameliorate some tummy troubles.
Eek! So many options!