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

Hi Dr. Getty

I just ordered the Nutra Flax for my 6yr old that I use for barrel racing. I feed her Grass and Alfalfa hay, Grand Complete/Grand Flex, and a combination of alfalfa pellets and whole oats. I have been thinking of starting her on Ultium but I'm not sure of the added benefit other than it would give her more nutrients when she is being ridden hard and if I should eliminate something if I do. Any suggestions? She is usually quiet so of course I dont want to add anything that will make her come out of her skin. Maybe in my younger days....:)

Thank you so much!


Where are you from? Santa Rosa, CA

Re: Feeding change

Hi De Ann,

I would stick with what you are doing. The diet you described is quite balanced. So, there is no need to go with Ultium. If you were to change to Ultium, you would create too many overlaps with vitamins and minerals, since you are feeding Grand Complete.

So, as long as your horse is doing well, I would stick with your feeding regimen. As they say, "if it ain't broke..."

Dr. Getty