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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Converting the entire barn

Hi Dr. Getty,
Approximately three weeks ago, I changed from sweet feed and hay to beet pulp, alfalfa pellets, nutra flax and accel and, of course, hay. My four horses have improved skin and coats and seem a bit quieter. Is that possible? My black horse has never been so black and shiny! Is this possible in such a short time??
I am working towards eliminating sweet feed at this barn, a hard sell but I'm hopeful.
If we start with replacing the sweet feed with equal parts by weight of beet pulp and alfalfa pellets without the nutra-flax and accel what will be missing from the diet that the sweet feed provides? And what will be missing for their overall general health? Do you think this is a positive first step?
Thank you so much.

Where are you from? Minneapolis

How did you locate this forum? nutrition research

Re: Converting the entire barn

Hi Cindy,

This is wonderful to hear! Yes, a better diet shows up with improved hair coat and a better disposition. But, what that really is saying is that the horse is better on the inside, at the cellular level and that internal organs are performing better.

What’s missing if you take away the sweet feed? Sugar! It also contains some added vitamins a minerals, but this is not a concern because you’re adding Accel, which is an excellent, comprehensive vitamin/mineral supplement.

So, I hope the rest of the barn folks will see how well your horses are doing and make the change!

Keep me posted!

Dr. Getty