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

hi, my east keeper, Pistol has been on a very small amt of safe and sound with carb balance, nutra flax , vits., 24/7 hay... his pasture mate eats Platform senior . Pistol tends to eat the leftover pellets of senior feed that his buddy leaves behind. my basic question is, how does the carb. content of the senior feed compare to the safe and sound? is it much higher? i don't know if i need to seperate them for feeding, which would be quite inconvenient, but i will do it if necessary. Pistol seems to be improving but not "there" yet. so i am still fine tuning him. thanks, df

Where are you from? tx

Re: easy keeper

Hi Dianne,

Generally speaking, most senior feeds are lower in starch than feeds for younger horses, simply because they have a higher concentration of fiber. I do not know the exact percentage of sugars and starches in either of these feeds (they are not offered on their websites). However, if the amount of senior pellets that Pistol is getting is small, it is not of great concern. So, it's a matter of degree.

I will contact both feed companies to see if they will divulge the %NSC (non-structural carbohydrates) and if I'm successful, I'll certainly let you know.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, Colorado