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

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 Dr. Getty 


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

Hi Dr Getty: Would it be OK for Troy to have a couple of pieces of sugar free mints or hard candies as a treat? Do they tolerate the sweetner in these candies? Please advise. The clery, lettuce and squash treats have not be well recieved and it is so hard to keep a stalk of celery in my pocket!!!!
Thanks for your help

Re: treats for Foundered Horse

Hi Elice,

Certainly! A sugar-free candy is fine. I prefer saccharin as an artificial sweetener for horses. I would avoid aspartame (known as Equal or NutraSweet). Splenda is likely ok, though has not been tested in horses. So, stick with saccharin (packaged as Sweet and Low, Sugar Twin, and others).

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Colorado