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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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Hi Dr. Getty,
I have a hard keeper,people have been mentioning barley to me alot.I have kept up with your formula and he's doing good,what is it with barley thou?

Re: Barley

Hi Gladys,

Barley is a cereal grain, just like oats and corn. And, it is not very well digested, so I don't like feeding it, especially in large amounts.

To put weight on a horse, it is best to add more calories from fat, rather than from grain. Fat has more than twice the number of calories per gram as grain (starch) has. So, fatty feeds such as rice bran, flaxseed meal, soybean meal, and even adding oils to the diet, is the best way to go.

Also, increasing the amount of alfalfa in the diet is helpful because it has more calories than grass hay. And, beet pulp is another good idea -- it has almost as many calories as cereal grains, without the danger of starch overload.

Best regards,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO

Re: Barley

Thank you for your reply.And as I said,I will feed your reccomendations.