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

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Elderly pony with Laminitis that needs to put weight on as too thin.

Please can you help. My pony Nobby is 28 years old and suffers with laminitis, arthritis & COPD (due to the arthritis & COPD he has to live out all year). During the spring & summer he is on restricted grazing and if he does get a bout of laminitis then he gets CalMag which is a calcium & magnesium supplement which helps him a lot. He gets this in a small feed of bran & alpha-beet, with garlic, arnica, rhus tox & ruta grav & vegetable peelings. ( eg. cabbage & cauliflower leaves, swede, carrot, parsnips & apple peelings aswell).
Nobby's problem is that he lost too much weight in the 'starvation' paddock. He has been out of the paddock for over a month and has shown no signs of putting any weight on & I need him to put some weight on for the winter. All last winter he was fed on haylage out in the field & approx 2-3lbs horse & pony nuts & Dengie hi-fi chaff, he also has good rugs.
Please help what can I feed him now that will help put the weight on him but not trigger another attack of laminitis?

Where are you from? Devon England

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Re: Elderly pony with Laminitis that needs to put weight on as too thin.

Hi Amanda,

Horses tolerate high fat diets very well, so I would suggest that you find a low starch feed and add some oil to the mixture. Allen and Page makes a product called "Sugar and Cereal Intolerance Diet", which I would recommend. To this, add some flaxseed oil to give him omega 3 fatty acids.

Please keep me posted.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, Colorado