Alfalfa Cubes. The hidden danger – and how to avoid.


Monday, May 13th, 2019 | Filed under Medical




I know many of us are familiar with Alfalfa cubes.  Some of us give Alfalfa cubes as a treat or maybe as a feed.

But, did you know that it can be very dangerous?  Alfalfa cubes are so dehydrated, often times alfalfa cubes can become lodged in horses’ throats.

Here is an excerpt from Grace Owen, DVM.

FOR HUMANS… MAYBE POPCORN OR DRY BREAD…  What makes that, “Uh oh, better get some water” feeling…

I’m one of those people who always needs water with a meal.  So for me, this alfalfa cube issue really hits home.

I cannot tell you how often I eat something and then have to take a drink.

I’m sure some of you have ‘dunker’ horses who dunk their hay… well, alfalfa cubes would be a huge red flag for those horses.

I, personally, don’t use alfalfa cubes as a feed.  But for those of you who do, this is very important information.

 

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2 comments have been posted...

  1. Lori

    Dawn, thanks for posting this. I never realized the danger of alfalfa cubes until I lost my beautiful boy Scott, an Oldenburg gelding that was the love of my life and the finest gentleman I have ever known, to a choke incident caused by alfalfa cubes. This was 13 years ago and I can honestly say that I have never really gotten over his loss. I wish I had known about this hidden danger because it is a senseless and stupid way to lose a horse. I appreciate you spreading the word.

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