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

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Bermuda vs. native grass hay

Hi, me again. In regard to hay for an overweight horse, I have read/heard that a native grass hay would be a lower sugar (i.e. better) alternative to Coastal Bermuda "horse quality" hay. I ran across an ad for mixed grass hay with bluestem and Gordo. What is bluestem and what is Gordo. Would this combination be better than Coastal? Thanks, Linda

Where are you from? Magnolia, TX

How did you locate this forum? a search on Yahoo about Cocosoya oil

Re: Bermuda vs. native grass hay

Hi Linda,

Bluestem and Gordo hays are native grass hays and do have less sugar content in them than Coastal Bermuda. So, that would be fine to feed.

But, in general, the best way to help your horse lose weight is to remove all grain, sweet feed, or grain-based pelleted feeds. Also, avoid apples, carrots, and other sugary treats.

Add Quiessence to the diet to reduce insulin resistance. And, finally, exercise does wonders!

Happy New Year!

Dr. Getty