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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Feeding a 3 year old

I have a three year old welsh cob and plan to feed

Speedy Beat, seaweed and garlic (twice daily) with haylage and not hay. Haylage doesn't have the same fiber content as Hay so what can i feed to replace the fiber. I have been advised straw but my yard doesn't have that. Could I feed Bran? She wont' be doing much work over winter so no need to increase her energy levels.


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Re: Feeding a 3 year old

Hello Alex,

Since you do not want to add extra calories to your horse's diet, I would not suggest that you feed bran. Brans are highly digestible and therefore provide energy. They are really not the best sources of fiber because so much of their content is digested. They are a wonderful way to add calories to the diet without feeding grain. But, they won't fit your particular need.

If you are looking for a fiber source that will give your horse something to eat that will keep it busy between meals, I would recommend an indigestible fiber source such as chaff or grain hulls.

Thanks for writing!

All the best,

Dr. Getty