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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Would the percentage or the amount of protein cause a horse to have more energy or become very excitiable? I have some alfalfa that is 18% protein.

Re: protein

Hi Kasey,

Contrary to common believe, protein does not cause a horse to be "hot" or excitable. What affects some horses is a sharp rise in insulin, in response to feeding starch and sugar. So, if you're feeding oats, for example, that makes many horses moody.

Alfalfa is an excellent addition to most horses' diets.

All the best,

Dr. Getty