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

Hi Dr. Getty. I've recently moved to North Florida and am trying to establish a feeding routine based on what's offered locally. I have a 19-year-old Canadian warmblood and a three-year-old Saddlebred. Both are very healthy and neither are working hard at the moment, although the young one is in light training. They have 24-hour large pasture access with Bahia grass. The only hay available to me now is Alfalfa and peanut (they will not eat T&A or Coastal, and I can't find any O&A which they love). I usually give them Alfalfa twice daily along with a scoop of Ultium. I would like to find a cheaper feed and I am also wondering if I am now feeding them too much. Could you give me some simple guidelines? Many thanks.

Where are you from? Jacksonville

How did you locate this forum? Search "Equine Nutrition"

Re: Feeding Program

Hi Karen,

Sounds like you’re doing a fine job. Since they have access to pasture at all times, it is a good balance to add a couple of flakes of alfalfa each day. Ultium is a fine complete ration, but it is mainly designed for performance horses and is more expensive than many feeds. For your situation, you would do fine with Nutrena SafeChoice – it is also a low starch complete ration and is more reasonably priced.

Hope this is helpful.

All the best,

Dr. Getty