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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Any suggestion for what type of supplements or treatments might help a 27 year old quarterhorse with lameness/founder?

Where are you from? Canada

Re: Lameness/Founder

Hi Gail,

Most older horses are prone to founder because they develop hormonal imbalances as they age. For this reason, you will want to feed a diet that does not contain any grain or sweet feed, or pellets that are grain-based. Instead, feed a grass hay diet, along with some alfalfa (as long as he does not have kidney problems) and add to it, depending on his weight, some flaxseed meal, stabilized rice bran, or beet pulp (unsweetened).

Then, it is beneficial to give him two supplements. First, one that is high in antioxidants such as Antioxidant Concentrate (by Vita Key) or Accel (by Vita Flex). And, second, offer him Ration Plus to keep the bacterial flora, that live in his hind gut, in good condition. This will help maintain his immune function, the production of B vitamins, and utilization of his feed.

I hope this is helpful.

All the best,

Dr. Getty