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This is going to be a difficult question to get out, but I'm looking to swith one of my quarter horses feed. He is a 10 year old, he is a very big boy, hes only 15.1, but very bodied. I've had problem with lameness, and I was told it has to do with his coffin bone, one vet said he may have had road founder in the past, which would have been 6-7 years ago, I have never had a problem with him foundering. He eats grass hay and trotter only like 2 qrts a day, hes a pretty easy keeper, and when he is sound, and feeling good he is a barrel horse, and a very good one I might add. This might sound funny but I just don't like feeding trotter to a performance horse. He also gets laminex, MSM,isoxoprine, and I was gonna try stop the pain if he needed it instead of bute.

Thank You

Where are you from? connecticut

Re: feed

Hi Sharon,

I'm not able to find the exact ingredients of Trotter, however Blue Seal feeds tend to be grain-based. Since you are treating him for laminitis (i.e., feeding laminex, and treating with isoxoprine), it is best to avoid a high starch feed. Instead, feed him a performance feed that is low in starch such as Purina's Ultium.

If you are giving him bute for more than a few weeks, you are likely to irritate his stomach, and it could cause an ulcer. A bute-less preparation like Stop the Pain is a much better choice.

All the best,

Dr. Getty