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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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pot belly in yearling

Hello Dr. Getty,
Thank you so much for such a helpful website. I have a 4 year old mare and a yearling. They are both paints. They are both on pasture 24/7. I also feed them LMF feed (grass formula). Website for LMF : The mare looks better than she ever has. My yearling still has a big pot belly, but he is on a good worming program so I don't think that is the problem. I have also given him Probiotic paste at least 3 times in the last three months. I used to give them LMF two times a day to put weight on them. I then cut back to once a day. What do you recommend?
Thank you so much!!!

Where are you from? Stanwood, Washington

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Re: pot belly in yearling

Hi Heather,

Your yearling’s pot belly could simply be fermentation or it could be due to tapeworms. Does your worming program include a dose of praziquantel at least once each year? It is combined with either ivermectin or moxidectin in combo dosages – there are several brands.

Too much starch can also cause bloating and grains, in general, are not the best for horses. I notice that LMF makes a low starch feed called, “Low Carb Complete.” I would recommend this one, instead of the grain-based feed you are currently using, for both your mare and yearling.

Poor quality pasture and/or hay, can also lead to excessive fermentation by the bacterial flora inside the hind gut. And, this, too, can cause an enlarged belly.

So, those are a few things for you to look into. I hope this helps. Keep me posted!

All the best,

Dr. Getty