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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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my pony foundered

My parents just bought me a pony that foundered last year at 7%. We were told her diet could only consist of hay, no treats, carrots or apples; nothing with sugar. I train 6 days a week and compete in equitation and am concerned about her nutrition. Are there supplements or vitamins that she should be taking?

Where are you from? Marlton NJ

How did you locate this forum? google

Re: my pony foundered

Hello Baylee,

Thank you for writing. You're wise to pay close attention to her diet since once a pony founders, she is more likely to have another attack.

A low starch/low sugar diet is the goal. So, since she can't have carrots and apples for treats, you'll enjoy looking at Skode's treats that are made for horses that need to avoid sugar.

But, you asked about supplements -- depending on what and how much you're feeding, it's a good idea to fill in the gaps with a good vitamin/mineral supplement. D Carb Balance is one that offers additional nutrients along with added magnesium and chromium, which will help reduce circulating insulin levels in her blood and therefore, reduce her risk of laminitis.

I would also recommend that you have your hay analyzed for its sugar and starch content, since this can be a concern for your pony.

Since she's in training, she does need additional calories than just hay can provide, so if you need assistance customizing a feeding plan for her, please consider arranging a private consultation.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO