Legumes

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Legumes are plant species commonly used as a forages for horses. They typically have a higher nutrient content than grass forage species.

Alfalfa is the most common forage legume; however, clovers, birdsfoot trefoil, and lespedeza can also be fed.

Legumes have rhizobia (nodule bacteria) that fix nitrogen from the air into a plant-available form.


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