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Dear Dr. Getty,

I have had the grass hay I'm feeding analyzed. The crude protein (I assume that is digestable protein) is 12.6% and the calcium is .38%/phosphorus is .29%. I am wondering if the cal/phos will be enough for growing and in training three and four year old? They are getting two pounds of Safe Choice and weigh 1000 lbs. Should I be feeding alfalfa too?

Thank you!

Where are you from? Idaho

How did you locate this forum? freind

Re: analysis

Hi Kasey,

Crude protein is merely a measure of nitrogen content and really tells you nothing about the quality of the protein. But, that's to be expected -- hay does not contain enough essential amino acids to be a high quality protein. Adding alfalfa will boost the protein quality as well as provide additional calcium.

So, by adding Safe Choice to the mix, that is helping. For a growing horse, however, doing moderate work, he needs approximately 40 grams of Lysine.

So, take a look at the lysine content in the Safe Choice. You may want to consider adding pure lysine to their diets. If you need help calculating all the numbers, I'll be happy to set up a phone visit with you and crunch some specific numbers with you.

All the best,

Dr. Getty