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

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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feeding older horse

Hi Dr Getty,
i will definitely try to locate DMG or a similar product to see if this helps with the muscle stiffness. Can u please clarify if it is harmful to feed Guiness beer/ milk stout to horses?? i have been told that it has a conditioning effect and the yeast/hops in it helps with digestion.
txs Julie

Where are you from? south africa

How did you locate this forum? internet search

Re: feeding older horse

Hi Julie,

I cannot condone the practice of offering alcohol to horses, any more than I would give it to my children. The “beneficial conditioning effect” is hearsay and really has no basis in scientific research. No, it does not help with digestion (another misconception among human wine connoisseurs – sorry.)

So, that’s my professional opinion. I have heard of people doing this practice, but it makes me cringe a bit.

Dr. Getty