How Much Lucerne To Feed A Horse
Lucerne is an essential part of the horse’s diet. It has more nutritional benefits than any other hay and is often used as a supplement to grass-based diets. But how much lucerne should you feed your horse? That depends on its age, weight, and activity level—as well as the quality of the lucerne you’re feeding them. Let’s take a look.
How Much Lucerne To Feed A Horse
How much lucerne to feed a horse?
The amount of lucerne is dependent on the size and age of your horse. When you first begin feeding lucerne, you should start at around 50% of their daily energy requirements, which can then be increased as your horse becomes accustomed to eating the forage.
It is safe to say that the majority of horses can tolerate up to 25kg per day and if you want to increase your horse’s intake for weight gain purposes, this should be done gradually over time so as not to cause digestive problems or diarrhea in your animal. If you are just starting with lucerne we would recommend going slowly with it by introducing it gradually into their diet over a period of 4-8 weeks until they have adjusted sufficiently before increasing amounts further.
Feeding Horses Lucerne
Feeding horses lucerne is a great way to provide them with additional nutritional value. This grass is high in minerals, protein and fibre, making it an ideal addition to their diet.
However, do not feed too much lucerne to your horse as this can cause digestive problems and even death if consumed in large quantities. The recommended daily amount of lucerne for horses is 2-5% of their body weight per day (i.e., 0.5-1kg) depending on the condition of their coat and general health status.
Common Terms Used In Lucerne Feeding
Lucerne is a type of clover, also known as trefoil. It’s a legume, which means it has nitrogen-fixing nodules on its roots that can take atmospheric nitrogen and turn it into nitrates which then feed the plant.
Lucerne is also considered a forage crop and perennially grown for hay or silage rather than being cultivated annually like most crops.
Other Forages With Lucerne
You can also feed other forages with lucerne. These include trefoil, clovers, and ryegrass. You should feed them together in equal proportions to ensure that your horse gets all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
You can store these mixed forages in a silo or similar structure as long as they’re kept dry and sheltered from rain or snow. Once you’ve stored them for several weeks, you’ll notice that the quality has gone down quite a bit—this is normal because of oxidation over time (which means there’s more oxygen around). However, this doesn’t reduce their nutritional value at all!
If you plan on selling these mixed forages later on down the road, keep track of how many bales have been sold so far—that way when someone comes looking for more alfalfa hay (for example), they know exactly how much they need before making another trip back out here again.”
Is Too Much Lucerne Harmful?
The answer is yes, but not in all cases. In the case of a horse that’s overweight, too much lucerne might result in digestive problems such as colic or laminitis. This is because the horse’s digestive system has to work harder to process the large amount of fibre and moisture found in lucerne than it normally would with other types of feed. The extra strain placed on the stomach can cause inflammation and ulcers—which could lead to death if left untreated.
When it comes to underweight horses on a diet consisting primarily of lucerne, there are two possible reasons for this: either they aren’t getting enough calories from their diet or they’re not eating enough food overall (maybe due to stress). Either way, it’s important that you figure out why your horse isn’t gaining weight before adding any more lucerne into his diet plan!
Finally, if a horse is already suffering from joint pain due to arthritis or injury then giving him too much fiber could make things worse by increasing swelling around damaged joints and ligaments!
Storing And Selling Lucerne
- Store lucerne in a dry, well-ventilated area.
- Store lucerne in a clean container.
- Store lucerne in a container that is free of pests and mould.
You can have too much of a good thing.
As with any horse feed, you can have too much of a good thing. Too much lucerne can cause digestive problems, as well as being overweight or underweight. It’s also easy for horses to dehydrate when they eat too many lucerne pellets at one time, so it’s important to check their water bowl regularly and refill whenever necessary.
Lucerne is an excellent horse feed. However, like any food, it is best fed in moderation. There are many ways to feed Lucerne to your horse and as we have seen, adding other forages can increase its palatability. As there are many benefits of feeding Lucerne and relatively few drawbacks (if fed sensibly), most horses can benefit from having some Lucerne in their diet.