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hello ma'am. may i know why not to over feed lucerne(alfalfa grass) to horses? does it lead to bleeding?

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Rohit,
Alfalfa is a legume hay and tends to be higher in sugars than grass hay.  As such it can cause problems in horses that are insulin resistant/have Cushings.  No reason it would lead to exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhaging commonly known as bleeding.  Because of it's higher sugar content it can make horses gain weight and a number of horses I've known sort of act like kids on a sugar high.  They're kind of nutty because of the sugar.  It is a good source of balanced calcium and phosphorous though.  

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Lyn Kamer, C.E.S.M.T.

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Training, alternative therapies, saddle fitting problems, behavioral problems, endurance riding, driving, Mustangs

Experience

Horseman of over 50 yrs., certified equine massage therapist, trainer both riding and driving, long distance trail riding and driving. Both endurance and competitive trail riding and driving.

Organizations
American Endurance Ride Assn., Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Assn., New Jersey Trail Ride Assn., Aromatherapists International, American Mustang and Burro Assn., United States Trotting Assn., Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org., US Wild Horse and Burro Association

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Trail Blazer magazine, AERC Newsletter, Hoofbeats magazine

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Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Least Resistance Trainer, Certified Aromatherapist

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