Alfalfa cube users please tell him I am not crazy/weird!
Well, perhaps I am a bit crazy or weird at times with the horses, but I KNOW I am not alone on this one!! Please tell my DH that I am NOT the only person in the world who breaks up the soaked cubes by hand before serving to the beasties! He wanted me to post since he is sure he's right!
I used to, because they didn't all soak through, so there would be some still rock hard in the center. Now I just give in and soak them for 12hrs and use much more, and much hotter, water than they need so i end up with a big bucket'o' fluffy alfalfa.
I break them up before I soak them, feel they soak better and faster when they are smaller, To save the finger nails if I can't break by hand I use the claw on a hammer, works like a charm.
I soak in hot water about 30 - 45 minutes, check for hard pieces before I go down to barn and put more hot water on for the hard pieces. Old pony not so great teeth makes it much easier for him to chew.
So....whats for dinner???
"They spend 11 months stuggling to live, and 25 years trying to die" my farrier
"They are dangerous on both ends and crafty in the middle"
If I have the cubes in a bucket, I soak them in really hot water (about 5 inches of it over the cubes) and then about 10-20 minutes later, stir it up a couple times while they're soaking and that's usually all it takes to make a mush type dinner out of them. I went to the pellets also, easier to dish up half a scoop of pellets rather than soak cubes....