Manufacturer: Pestell Minerals & Ingredients (View all products by Pestell Minerals & Ingredients)
Model: Alfalfa Timothy Cubes (View all Alfalfa Timothy Cubes reviews)
Category: Horse Miscellaneous
Purchase: Feeding hay cubes is much better in our situation than feeding regular flakes of hay. After being disappointed with the last brand of cubes we used (Ontario Dehy Inc), we switched to Pestell Minerals & Ingredients Alfalfa Timothy Cubes. Victoria Feeds - The Horse & Hound in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada sells them for around $10 Cdn per 50 pound bag.
Likes: These hay cubes, as opposed to the other brand we tried, are bright green in colour - just like good quality regular hay. With any dehydrated and compressed product you will get a certain amount of dust, but the hay dust in these cubes is minimal. We feed the cubes as one would regular hay, and whatever bits are left over get mixed in with the horses suppers (in with grain, minerals, beet pulp, etc).
Dislikes: The sewn bags (regardless of brand) can be hard to open - especially when it's -30C out and your fingers are frozen! We use a knife to cut the threads, then fiddle around trying to find the one specific thread to pull which opens the bag. If you mistakenly pull the wrong thread, it makes a knot and you've got to start all over again. I wish the company would develop an easier way to open these bags.
Quality: 55% minimum chopped alfalfa and 35% minimum chopped timothy. Guaranteed analysis: 12.0% crude protein (min), 2.3% crude fat (min), 30.0% crude fibre (max) and 12.0% moisture (max). The cubes are well formed and our horses find them easy to chew, and tasty. For older horses or horses with teeth problems, you can soak the cubes in warm water for a few minutes before serving them to soften them up a little. We feed them in place to regular flakes of hay due to our conditions, but I do know of some people who feed these as treats (they'll carry some in their pockets or grooming boxes as an alternative to sugary horse treats).
Summary: A great quality hay cube. We've never had a problem with the supply either - the tack / feed store always has them in (as opposed to the Dehy cubes we got from another source - it was hit and miss). As long as our horses are happy with them, we're happy, too!
Author: Katie W
Usefulness Rating: 2.11111 out of 5.
9 reader(s) voted.
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