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

Hello !

I have a horse who has been "hopping" for the past 6 months after she has been worked 15-20 minutes. I have had 3 vet exams including lameness, tying up, blood work and chiropratic/accupuncture with no conclusive results. Since she is a draft/cross I have talked to my vet and decided to change her diet. We have switched her over (past 3 weeks) to Safe Choice (used at the barn). I am concerned about Nutrena quality-control after having read the message board. What feed do you recommend for "suspected" EPSM horses ? Thank you. Jami

Where are you from? Boston Massachusetts area

How did you locate this forum? Friend (Boarder) referral

Re: Safe Choice feed

Hi Jami,

It's not that Safe Choice is a bad feed, it's just that I've found it to be inconsistent. So, it's better to go with a feed that you can rely upon to be the same, bag after bag. Purina has recently come out with a product called WellSolve L/S (low starch) that is worthwhile.

Remember to eliminate any sweet treats such as carrots and apples. Skode's Horse Treats are designed for the horse that needs to limit starch and sugar.

And have your hay analyzed for its sugar and starch content-- this is very helpful in evaluating the total diet.

If you decide that you need more assistance in going over your mare's situation in detail, I offer personal phone visits to customize a feeding plan to meet her needs.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO