• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Are all alfalfa pellets dusty?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Are all alfalfa pellets dusty?

    I am having doubts about continuing to feed the alfalfa pellets we just got.
    When scooping them out etc there are clouds of green "dust".
    It bothers me to inhale the dust and I am sure it is not good for my horse - fed dry. I have even noticed the green powder in his nostrils.

    I don't recall "brand" alfalfa pellets being this dusty. The feed store buys the pellets in bulk and bags them on site. Could that be the difference?

    TIA. (trying these in a slow feeder so cannot soak)

  • #2
    I feed the Standlee pellets and haven't ever seen them dusty.


    • #3
      The Standlee brand no, nut the AlfaGreen are almost always dusty for me. I switched to cubes and those aren't dusty.
      "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."


      • #4
        But* (not nut, stupid phone)
        "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."


        • Original Poster

          Thanks. The pellets I got seem to crumble - I guess in handling.

          So the Standlee pellets seem to hold up better and don't end up in a pulverized powder?

          What size are they?


          • #6
            IMO its probably due to the handling and bagging. I get the Standalee when I'm that direction, but otherwise I prefer another brand due to how hard they are, both cubes and pellets. I feed mine soaked a bit and Standalee takes FOREVER to break down in water compared to all the other brands I've fed. I figure that if they're that hard to break down in water, they must be harder to chew as well, increasing the risk of choke. My Arab inhales his feed and has choked once before.


            • #7
              I don't like pellets that crumble; they don't all do that. IME Lakeland crumble pretty bad but I have been feeding an Equis brand pellet that doesn't at all.
              “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey


              • #8
                Originally posted by Hampton Bay View Post
                IMO its probably due to the handling and bagging. I get the Standalee when I'm that direction, but otherwise I prefer another brand due to how hard they are, both cubes and pellets. I feed mine soaked a bit and Standalee takes FOREVER to break down in water compared to all the other brands I've fed. I figure that if they're that hard to break down in water, they must be harder to chew as well, increasing the risk of choke. My Arab inhales his feed and has choked once before.
                This. I hate Standlee...because of the hardness and the length of time they take to soak. I use cubes of another brand & always soak.
                "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."


                • #9
                  Why do you feed them dry? Soak them, the dust won't matter.
                  Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                  • #10
                    Soak Standlee in hot water. Takes only a few minutes to soften. Been feeding them for a couple of years, mixed with Timothy cubes. Horses love them. No dust, no muss, no bother!


                    • #11
                      I use standlee and soak them. Never have a dust issue before soaked and soaking only takes mine a minute to soften. I put hot water in the buckets and put the four horses in their stalls that they are standing right next to ready to eat and feed. Takes really a minute. Those that say they don't soak well do you use hot water? Cold water does take them longer.
                      Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole


                      • #12
                        I don't like to feed my horses hot food when it's 100 degrees outside. Other brands take a few minutes in cool water, Standalee takes an hour in hot water. I think with them, you're paying a bunch just for the name. I've yet to have quality issues with the other brands I've fed, so I don't buy that they are much better quality either.


                        • #13
                          like others have said, Standley aren't dusty but they are as hard as a rock.

                          We have three brands around here, one is dusty, one is hard, and the last is just right (not dusty or hard).

                          just mix a little water in with the pellets to keep down the dust.
                          APPSOLUTE CHOCKLATE - Photo by Kathy Colman


                          • #14
                            Yes, as others have mentioned, Standley pellets are not dusty. OMG the co-op theirs are horribly dusty, and also not very green.

                            Standlee is VERY good quality. Hands down.

                            Yes water them down if dusty.


                            • #15
                              I'm not sure what brand I have, but there was some dust when I poured them into the metal trash can I store them in. Nothing noticeable when I scoop out a bit for feeding, though.
                              "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
                              -Edward Hoagland


                              • #16
                                I guess I'm weird because I soak my pellets at the feeding before. So, at breakfast, I set up my night feeding, and I put my pellets in a bucket, add water, and leave it to soak until the night feeding.

                                If its summer, I just put the bucket in the house or a temperature controlled area, and cover it.

                                Oh, and I use Standlee. But I did experience dust with another brand, and I didn't worry much about it, after asking the same question online.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by grayarabs View Post
                                  (trying these in a slow feeder so cannot soak)
                                  From the OP as a reminder for those suggesting she soak.

                                  If you're feeding them in a slow feeder, like one of those they can roll around and they drop out, the dust still should not be a problem, even if there is a little pellet dust.
                                  "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."


                                  • Original Poster

                                    So it would not be a good idea to feed the Standlee pellets unsoaked?

                                    FWIW my horse has COPD and in the past received soaked alfalfa pellets/cubes. That is my concern about the dry dust/powder.

                                    So if Standlee pellets are considered too hard - that leaves me with
                                    the feed store pellets. I used a collander last night to shake out the dust/powder. That made things better for him (I think) but I still inhaled some dust. Need to figure out how to better do it.

                                    Horse is now receiving Chaffhaye - slow-fed - in a jug - the pellets help with the whole process. I had hoped the Chaffhaye would be absorbing most of the pellet dust when we shake the jugs - just don't think it works as well as I had hoped.

                                    Thanks all.


                                    • #19
                                      I also live in the Houston area. This has been a very bad year for my COPD horse. I'm not sure why. maybe the weather, maybe because more of the farmers around me planted cotton with all the spraying that comes with that. First time in years I have had to use steroids.

                                      Anyway, I feed the Standlee pellets, because they are the best quality I can find in the area. Never dusty, Never have bits of corn. I dont think they are to hard to feed dry and that how I feed them to him. I have a mare that I soak them because she bolts her food and I find they soak quickly.

                                      The biggest draw back is that it is about the same price for a 40# bag.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Dumb questions.
                                        How do you know if your horse bolts food?

                                        Horses are supposed to chew the pellets, right? Choke comes from unchewed pellets?

                                        I have been watching and listening to my horse when he is eating.
                                        I really cannot tell a thing.

                                        I know I have seen dogs eat that one would swear the dry kibbles are just swallowed and not chewed. Surely horses don't do that?

                                        Do horses "know" to crunch down on each pellet? Especially when the pellets are larger than average?