By Monique Warren
If you are feeding alfalfa and grass hay; feed them separately! Alfalfa is very palatable and highly digestible (more concentrated source of calories per pound). For most horses if grass hay has ANY alfalfa they will be more inclined to eat faster.
Straight grass hay can naturally slow down the consumption rate. Warm season grasses such as Bermuda/Coastal, Teff and Tiffany are typically less palatable than cool season grasses such as Timothy, Orchard and Rye. In addition, very mature plants tend to contain large amounts of indigestible fiber and tend to be even less palatable.
If your horse does not have hay 24/7, try a mature warm season grass hay in an effective slow feeder such as a bale net or multiple slow feed hay bags as an always have hay source.
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Monique Warren invented the Hay Pillow® slow feeder and is the owner of Hay Pillow Inc.