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Mild colic from day old soaked alfalfa cubes?

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Reg. Dec 2011
Posted 2023-04-10 8:31 AM
Subject: Mild colic from day old soaked alfalfa cubes?


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After returning home from a day away, my 12 year old gelding munched down on left-over soaked alfalfa cubes from the morning feed that were still in his food bowl.  I'm in Florida and it was a relatively hot/humid day.  An hour later (dinner time), he would not eat grain, pawed, and would try to lay down.  I Banamined and walked him.  A short time later he resumed eating wet hay and drank water--3 hours later I finally got a poop.  Is it possible the cubes fermented and caused the issues?He drank plenty and ate while away - I don't think this was a dehydration issue.

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Reg. Jun 2012
Posted 2023-04-10 9:06 AM
Subject: RE: Mild colic from day old soaked alfalfa cubes?


Posts: 5241

It's possible but not usually a problem from morning feed to afternoon but if it's really warm maybe . More than likely it was a little gas pocket someplace that just needed to move . With these things you just never know and it's frustrating . 

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Reg. May 2004
Posted 2023-04-10 12:12 PM
Subject: RE: Mild colic from day old soaked alfalfa cubes?

Military family

Keeper of the King Snake

Posts: 7466
Location: Dubach, LA

I would say yes. It doesn't take long for mold to start to grow when something is wet, in a pile/bucket, in the heat and humidity of Florida. I'm in Louisiana so I understand. If you're in the same shape we are, everything is stinky and rotten already because of all the rain and standing water. The flies have been horrendous the past week, also. 

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Reg. May 2007
Posted 2023-04-11 1:50 PM
Subject: RE: Mild colic from day old soaked alfalfa cubes?

Hugs to You

Posts: 7541
Location: In The Land of Cotton

Yes, they will spoil in that time frame here in GA/FL.  They also develop a smell.  It's that time of year.    

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Reg. May 2009
Posted 2023-04-12 10:05 AM
Subject: RE: Mild colic from day old soaked alfalfa cubes?

Warrior Mom

Posts: 4385

Yes 100% can happen when it's hot and humid. I'm in Texas and I won't let things soak outside overnight or during the day in the late spring into summer. It'll be in my house if it needs prolonged soaking. If it's not eaten a within a few hours (which pretty much never happens) I'll toss it out. Between humidity and flies .. gross.. i have some in laws that soak their cubes outside year round and the other day I saw a layer of foam sitting on top the soaking cubes in the barn. It really doesn't take long for things to ferment when it's especially humid. 

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Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2023-04-13 9:41 AM
Subject: RE: Mild colic from day old soaked alfalfa cubes?

Ms Bling Bling Sleeze Kitty

Posts: 20839
Location: LouLouVille, OK

What cubes do you feed? is there anything other then alfalfa in them? 

I always clean out any leftovers but I am a freak lol

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