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

I have a horse positive for the HYPP Syndrome. I know carrots are high in potassium, but can he be given them as a treat? I work in a barn where we have alot of visitors and many give carrots and apples as treats. Could this adversely affect his condition?

Where are you from? Ca

How did you locate this forum? google

Re: HYPP feed

Hello Cole,

You're right about carrots and apples -- they are high in potassium and should be avoided. The total diet should ideally be less than 1% (and no more than 1.5%) potassium, so if you need assistance in evaluating the potassium level of your horse's diet, I certainly can assist you.

However, regarding treats -- you can offer some oats or a small amount of cracked corn as a reward.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO