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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Feeding yearling miniature stallion

So glad to find you here, Dr. Getty. I have 2 minis..a 7 year old gelding that seems to be doing well on 1# beet pulp, 1 1/2# bermuda and 1# alfalfa plus multi vitamins a day, divided into 3 meals. He weighs about 275-300#. Sound all right?

My question is about a yearling stallion I am conditioning for show (halter classes). In addition to the above feed, I give him 3# of Strategy GX. But I am not sure if this is the right quantity for him to keep his weight even and his coat in good condition. He weigh's about 250#. Does he need additional vitamins?

The two horses are on nearly bare pasture 12 hours a day and always have free access to water. They're also fed at ground level.

Thank you for your help! I've been told so many different things to feed that I'm pretty confused as to what to give this lovely young horse.

Where are you from? Arizona

How did you locate this forum? Google search on horse nutrition

Re: Feeding yearling miniature stallion

Hi Pam,

Strategy is not one of my favorites, to be frank. Minis hold their weight very well and are best fed a diet that is low in starch. Instead of Strategy for your stallion, how about feeding him the same diet as your gelding and just add some flaxseed meal for his additional energy needs? This will be far more nutritious and will not produce elevated insulin levels, from so much starch. Nutra Flax is the flaxseed meal I like best.

Thanks for writing!

All the best,

Dr. Getty