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

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Here you will find more than 6 years of questions and my answers. It is searchable and offers a great deal of information. 

Currently, I am discontinuing new questions. This may change in the future, but in the meantime, please know that It has been a true pleasure serving you. 

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All the best,

 Dr. Getty 


Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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hot horses

Hey Dr. Getty,
I would like to relay an interesting experience. While putting fresh shoes on a normally calm and respectful horse, he, as Mike and I call it, Exploded. He then did the same thing six weeks later. We spoke with the owner and learned that his diet consisted of the following.

Pure alfalfa hay
Calf manna
grain based sweet feed

I can only imagine the blood sugar swings the poor thing was going through. No wonder he was woung tighter than a coiled spring. We spent the next half hour explaining that calf Manna is for cows only, and how sweet feed affects blood sugar. It just goes to show how much effect nutrition has on the horses entire well being. He could not be trimmed or shod.

I gave her a card, (I have a stack ) but I don't know if she ever contacted you. Oh well, I tried.

Where are you from? California

How did you locate this forum? google

Re: hot horses

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for your great detective work! You are absolutely right! Perhaps she will take a second look at her feeding regimen and make some much-needed changes for her horse's sake (as well as for the safety of those working with her horse).

Best regards,

Dr. Getty