Return to Website

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

   Welcome to my forum. 

Here you will find more than 6 years of questions and my answers. It is searchable and offers a great deal of information. 

Currently, I am discontinuing new questions. This may change in the future, but in the meantime, please know that It has been a true pleasure serving you. 

Take a look at my Nutrition Library and Tips of the Month for a variety of answers on selected topics. Be sure to sign up for my monthly e-newsletter, Forage for Thought

I also have a growing number of recordings on "Teleseminars on Nutrition Topics that Concern You" as well as the new, Spotlight on Equine Nutrition Series -- printed versions of favorite teleseminars.

And finally, look for my articles in a variety of local publications and online newsletters, as well as the Horse Journal, where I am the Contributing Nutrition Editor.  


All the best,

 Dr. Getty 


Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
This Forum is Locked
23 yr old mare needing weight on

Hi there, I recently purchased a 23 yr old QH mare. Where I board her, she is at the bottom of the pecking order and is not getting enough hay. I have been feeding her a small amount of vitamin/mineral supplement when i'm out (i'm not able to be there everyday). I have alfa-timothy cubes and am wondering how much i am to feed her and if it is alright to feed the supplement with the cubes. The cubes are in addition to whatever hay she is getting. What amount of supplement is okay for the older horse as well? Thanks!

Where are you from? Ontario

How did you locate this forum? online

Re: 23 yr old mare needing weight on

Hi Michelle,

Yes, this is commonly found in older horses where they do not get enough to eat due to competition. She should have approximately 2% of her body weight from hay and you can feed a hay replacer, such as cubes, along with a good vitamin/mineral supplement. Feed the supplement according to directions.

Be sure her teeth are in good health and that you have them floated at least once each year. She also needs to be on an adequate worming program.

If she's losing weight, talk to your barn manager about feeding more hay and consider adding Ration Plus to her diet.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO