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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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The right food regimen?

Dear Dr. Getty......We recently bought a 7 year old female, Quarter horse/welch B pony. She stands around 14.5 hand high and weighs approx. 975 pounds. The place where she was, had her on Oats, corn, and hay. Now that we have her, she is being kept at my daughter's friend's place. At the new place , they feed their horse Blue Seal Trotter and flat corn and hay, so that is just what we started doing with our horse also. But i am unsure of what which regimen would be the best for our horse. She has only been on the new regimen for approx. 1 month. Thankyou for your input.

Where are you from? Maine

How did you locate this forum? internet searching

Re: The right food regimen?

Hi Melanie,

Congratulations on your new mare! I like Blue Seal Trotter because it is low in starch. And, hay, of course, should be the majority of her diet. The only thing I would remove is the corn. Corn is very poorly digested.

You may wish to add some flaxseed meal to her diet to provide omega 3 fatty acids. I recommend Nutra Flax since it is stabilized and does not have added grain.

All the best,

Dr. Getty