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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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yearling nutrition

I have a yearling filly that has good body weight, she is on the pasture all day, and Is feed 8lbs of Omolene 200 and Equishine pellets. She also has a free choice mineral block. Her coat has dappled since I got her about three months ago. I have never owned a growing horse before so I am just trying to make sure that I am not forgetting anything. If you have any suggestions let me know.

Where are you from? USA

How did you locate this forum? search

Re: yearling nutrition

Hi Ashley,

I do not like to feed growing horses a feed that is high in starch and sugar such as Omelene. It can increase the risk of developing osteopathic disorders.

A low starch feed is a much better way to go, along with alfalfa hay, cubes, or pellets. Adding additional flaxseed meal is also beneficial, such as Nutra Flax.

Depending on the lysine level in your hay, you should also consider adding Lysine to the diet, since this essential amino acid is needed in higher quantity during growth.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO