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Old 05-13-2006, 06:36 PM  
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Rabbit Pellets in Horse Feed

I was told by my ferrier that adding a half to full cup of rabbit pellets to your horse feed is an excellent way to add caloires and alfalfa nutrition to your horse's diet. Has anyone every heard of this?

I tend to take his word for gold most of the time as he is an EXCELLENT certified ferrier and has traveled with several journeymen during his training around country. His equine knowledge is quite impressive...

But, I quess that is not the same as an equine nutritionist!
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Old 05-13-2006, 07:40 PM  
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Bunny food is just alfalfa, so I'd imagine what he says is true.
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Old 05-13-2006, 08:01 PM  
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Why not just use alfalfa pellets?
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Old 05-13-2006, 08:21 PM  
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Why not just use alfalfa pellets?
Maybe it is cheaper to buy it in rabbit form?? The 50 lb. bag of Neutrena rabbit feed I bought today was $6.00.
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Old 05-13-2006, 09:22 PM  
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While rabbit pellets and horse feed contain the same ingredients, the levels of stuff are off, I believe it's much richer. I'd just stick to alfalfa pellets.
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Old 05-13-2006, 09:23 PM  
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I'd compare labels before I fed it to my horse. There may be something in the rabbit food that shouldn't be fed to horses, or the ingredients may not be up to horsekeeping standards (like using a clay binder)

if its just alfalfa in pellets, though, go for it!
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Old 05-14-2006, 01:48 PM  
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Most basic rabbit pellets would be fine for your horse. They have an alfalfa base, but usually some other grasses (timothy mainly) in there too. Some also have molasses, carrot, corn, papaya, etc in it.

The variety by Purina Mills is 16% Prot, 1.5% Fat, 17%-20% fiber. Some I think may contain fescues.. they just say "forage products".. so for broodmares you may have to check the labels more closely. They are small extruded pieces so I dont think you would have any problems with binders youmay have in the large cubes of alfalfa. They also have vitamins and minerals mixed in (which those alf cubes usually dont). As a supplement to the diet it should be ok.. I wouldnt feed a huge amount like reg grain just because of the vit/min content is probably a bit skewed for horses.

On a side note.. I have customers who also give these to their dogs. For dogs that tend to like to eat a lot of grass.. rabbit pellets can be a great treat that doesnt make them gag like long strands of grass. Has a lot of plant enzymes to aid with digestion..

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Old 05-14-2006, 02:02 PM  
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The horse I had as a kid loved rabbit food. He used to get out go over to the rabbit coops and rattle them until the food tipped over and fell out so he could eat it.
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Old 05-14-2006, 02:43 PM  
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My horses like that stupid floating fish food. When I go down to the lake to feed the catfish, they pester me to death for "fishfood treats".

I'm afraid to look at the ingredients to see what's in it, but it's never bothered them...
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My horses like that stupid floating fish food. When I go down to the lake to feed the catfish, they pester me to death for "fishfood treats".

I'm afraid to look at the ingredients to see what's in it, but it's never bothered them...
the ones I have seen are mostly corn - no wonder they like em!
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