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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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what do i feed my 3yr old

Please help me!

I dont want to keep swapping and changing my 3yr old feed but i really dont no what to feed her. She was on spillers youngster mix, with hi-fi lite and horse n pony cubes. I would like to replace the mix as she is now starting sopme light hacking and shes outgrown the youngster mix. Ive tried top line mix but this makes her moody (apparently someone else had the same problem, a particular ingrediant in it?)...could you please recommend a mix that I could try and can i continue with the hi fi lite and cubes? She is a warmblood and is ok with weight but could drop in winter. I thank you for your help.

from a very confused horse lover!

Where are you from? southend, essex in england

How did you locate this forum? search engine

Re: what do i feed my 3yr old

Hi Gemma,

Is the Top Line Mix made by Spillers? I do not see it on their website. If it is high in grain (oats, corn, barley), then this could be creating ups and downs with her insulin response and some horses have mood changes. So, a low starch feed is best.

I would suggest that you contact Spillers feeds and find a performance feed that is low in starch. You won’t need to feed as much as is recommended, since you are feeding it along with other items. But, the key is plenty of forage (hay, pasture, legumes), and some concentrates – such as a feed that contains beet pulp, alfalfa, soybean meal, rice bran, etc. Avoid feeds that are mostly grain.

I hope this is helpful!

All the best,

Dr. Getty