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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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High blood glucose


My horse has high glucose levels in his blood.......10.1 sugar.

He is a 2 yr old male...what type of food should he eat? eats pellets and hay?

Thank you

Re: High blood glucose

Hello Linda,

High blood glucose indicates that your horse has metabolic syndrome – a condition where he becomes insulin resistant. He should not eat any grain (oats, corn, barley, etc.) and therefore, I would discontinue the pellets, since they are most likely made from grains.

Instead, offer him hay pellets, beet pulp, or rice bran. If you feed the rice bran, balance it out with some alfalfa hay or alfalfa pellets to bring the calcium:phosphorus ratio into balance.

Thanks for writing,

Dr. Getty