Alfalfa for Horses


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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4 Responses

  1. elizabeth says:

    So its low in sugar but can trigger laminitis because it’s high in glucose and starch? I’m confused.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Elizabeth–Yes, I agree. It is confusing! While technically low in sugar, alfalfa’s sugar profile is different than other hays (there are different types of sugars in forage). And it hasn’t been confirmed, but some say the higher glucose levels can adversely affect horses who already have trouble metabolizing glucose (e.g.–insulin resistant horses).

  2. Cathy says:

    You miss out a couple of important point about alfalfa (Lucerne) – 1. that it has a high phyto-estrogen content which means it has the potential to upset the cycling of mares and cause other reproductive problems. (It can also cause geldings to behave like stallions.)

    Yet another issue is the fact that lucerne, like clover, is high in photodynamic (fluorescing) pigments which will cause sun-burn and mud-fever in pink skin (White socks, pink noses).

    Having said that, it is a great feed for the elderly horse 😉
    I guess like everything you have to understand what you are feeding and weigh up the pros and cons

  1. November 20, 2013

    […] (Alfalfa is also high in protein (19-23%) and would be considered a whole food.  You might want to check out this post on protein sources for horses, too.) […]

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