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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Best Feeding Program

Dr. Getty, thanks for the great web site! My question concerns the best feed for my two quarter horses. One is a 22 year old mare who currently is fed 5 lbs of Triple Crown senior and free choice mixed grass/alfalfa hay per day. The other horse is a two year old gelding who is fed 6 lbs of triple crown growth along with the same hay free choice. How long should I keep my 2 year old on the growth formula and do you think I would be better off feeding them both free choice grass/alfalfa and beet pulp with ground flax and a vitamin mineral supplement. The more reading I do, it seems this may be the best diet for them. Your thoughts please. P.S. They both are doing fine on the Triple Crown and I have read that the starch content is low in these feeds. Thanks, Pat

Where are you from? Verona, KY just south of Cincinnati, Oh

How did you locate this forum? Web search on equine nutrition

Re: Best Feeding Program

Hello Pat,

The Triple Crown Senior is a sweet feed and I generally do not recommend sweet feeds because of the potential problems with too much sugar in the diet.

However, Triple Crown is coming out with a Low Starch feed that looks excellent. You may wish to consider this for your mare. I would also suggest a daily probiotic to assist with her digestion since she is getting up in years.

The Triple Crown Growth is made largely from oats, which is not necessary unless your gelding is doing a lot of work.

Your suggestion about the hays, beet pulp, flax, and supplements is truly the best route to go. You could feed the low starch Triple Crown as a top dressing to meet his additional caloric needs.

Keep up the fine research!

All the best,

Dr. Getty