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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Im currently feeding my mare who is a purebred arab
oaten chaff,lucurne chaff, economix, sunflower seeds, garlic, biotin and groom.
Is this a good diet for her or am I missing out on something? I want to make sure she is receiving all the right mixes.

Where are you from? Melbourne

How did you locate this forum? surfing the net

Re: feeding

Hi Mandi,

I took a look at the Economix and for a mare that is young and exercised regularly, it is fine. Sunflower seeds are nutritious, however, I do not recommend feeding large amounts of garlic, since it can induce anemia.

I’m not familiar with “Groom” so I cannot comment on it. Is it a supplement?

And finally, chaff is generally fed as a filler and contains very low levels of nutrients. It would be much better to offer her grass hay, combined with Lucerne (alfalfa) hay at all times when and if she is not able to graze on pasture.

All the best,

Dr. Getty