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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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more questions of flax, beet pulp and supplements

Thanks for getting back to me, I am wondering what I should supplement with for one of my horses that weights about 1,000 pounds, if he gets free choice grass hay. He gets ridden lightly only at a walk and trot for about 45 minutes a day. Do I need to add flax to the beet pulp if I do not feed any grain? If so how much would you recommend feeding him? If I feed free choice hay along with beet pulp( at how much a day), flax seed meal and a salt block what if anything do you recommened as a supplement? Thank You again for the answers.

Where are you from? Vermont

How did you locate this forum? looking up horse diets

Re: more questions of flax, beet pulp and supplements

Hi Sara,

If you're feeding flaxseed meal and beet pulp along with hay, then I would suggest a good vitamin/mineral supplement such as Accel. If he needs help maintaining healthy joints and hooves, an excellent approach is to add Reitsport to his diet.

You can feed the same amount of beet pulp as grain.

All the best,

Dr. Getty