Cubes & Pellets Pros:
- Less mess than traditional alfalfa hay, easy storage and easier clean up
- Bags have nutrient content on the labels so you know what you are getting in your feed
- Less dust than in alfalfa hay
- Easier to chew and digest than alfalfa hay
- Portable for on the road trips
Cubes & Pellets Cons:
- Reduced time in eating compared alfalfa hay
- Less chewing than compared to alfalfa hay
- Risk of choke
- Can get moldy
- Many horses don't like them
If you have an older horse who has a hard time chewing, then pellets might be the best route for you. If you have younger horses who are used to eating slowly, then sticking with alfalfa hay is your best bet. You can also use slow feeders to feed hay, but not pellets. Learn more about slow feeders in our blog article. Even though the pellet and cube companies include nutritional values on their bag labels, the factory consistency can change and provide a different outcome and not the same feed. You need to look at price, and the factors mentioned above and decide for yourself, if a solution that is less mess is worth the change in eating behavior that you will ultimately inflict on your horse. They will end up eating quicker and have less time foraging. This may end up frustrating your horse. Alfalfa hay when fed correctly, can reduce the boredom factor for your horse at the same time as providing quality hay nutrition. If your problem is clean up, consider putting down a barrier that you can easily sweep out. Look at proper hay storage and decide on your solution that will best fit your barn.
Feeding alfalfa hay is the only way you are going to be able to slow feed your horse. You can weigh out your hay if you are concerned with how much you are feeding. Alfalfa hay is the best way to feed to reduce boredom, horses that are fed pellets and cubes, finish so quickly that they don't have that time to nibble their feed and pick through it and produce more chewing action which keeps them busy and happy.
Alfalfa hay is affordable and we deliver it nationwide. Barn 21 hay is lab tested, so we too can match information for what is on those pellet and cube labels. We have range of hay types so you can decide which is best for your horse. Our alfalfa hay grades provide an option for people to make their budgets work for their barns.
Alfalfa hay prices can be estimated for you by contacting us and letting us know your delivery area. Barn 21 specializes in Arizona grown alfalfa hay. Our delivery service provides a easy way for you to get a bulk hay delivery at an affordable price.