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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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oats, barley, flax, beet plulp....confused!

I have been trying to figure out what is the best feed for my horse. I have her on 1/3 cup flax seed soaked, 1/3 cup oats, 3 cups barley and 2 lbs beet pulp soaked and hay/pasture. She is an Arab and is real hot. Am I giving her what she needs? Can you also suggest what may be making her hot? She is worked 4 times plus a week.
Thank you.

Where are you from? Ontario Canada

How did you locate this forum? looking for help on the web

Re: oats, barley, flax, beet plulp....confused!

Hi Shannon,

I think you will notice a significant difference in her behavior if you eliminate grain from her diet. So, I would suggest removing the oats and barley from her diet, feed her more flaxseed meal (not the seeds -- they should be ground), beet pulp, and as much grass hay as she wants. You may also want to add some alfalfa hay to the mix to improve the overall protein quality.

The reason grain is a problem is due to the extreme highs and lows in blood sugar levels that result from digestion of starch, followed by a surge of insulin secretion. For many horses, this can result in behavioral changes.

All the best,

Dr. Getty