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

Hello Dr. Getty,

I have a few concerns about my horse and her feed. I have a 16 hand, 7 year old painted draft mare. Right now I am feeding her two flakes of Alflafa and two flakes of Bermuda hay. As well as two cups of Empower, two cups of Safe choice, and two scoops of Accel a day. I think that she is at a good weight but I am worried that she is not getting all the vitamins and minerals she needs. I was wondering if there is something else that I should maybe be feeding her. I just want to make sure that she gets everything that she needs. Thanks so much for your advice and time.


Where are you from? California

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Re: A few concerns

Hi Dylan,

From what you describe, her diet sounds very well balanced and contains all of the nutrients she would need. For a draft mare, she likely would require more forage, however, in the form of hay or pasture. So, I would suggest that you allow her to have access to grass hay and/or pasture 24/7 so she can graze naturally. This will keep her digestive system in good order.

Keep up the fine work!

Dr. Getty