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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Basic supplements for healthy horses?

In reading some of the posts on this website, I'm wondering about feeding supplements to horses. Besides alphalpha what should we be feeding our horses? All of ours are healthy and our older horse (19) is an easy keeper and has no weight problems.

Where are you from? Colorado

How did you locate this forum? Yahoo search

Re: Basic supplements for healthy horses?

Hi Christy,

An all forage diet is the best place to start. It's best, however, to mix alfalfa with a grass hay. Alfalfa is very high in protein and calcium and should not be fed exclusively. I generally recommend 20 to 30 percent of the total hay ration as alfalfa.

A good vitamin/mineral supplement that provides additional omega 3 fatty acids, along with vitamin E (for hay diets) is worth considering since there are many nutritional gaps with feeding the same thing day in and day out. I recommend Glanzen Complete.

Your older horse would also benefit from the flaxseed meal found in Glanzen Complete, since omega 3s reduce inflammation. So, aging joints do well with additional omega 3 fatty acids. In addition, I recommend adding Vitamin C to an older horse's diet because he no longer produces enough of it as he ages.

I hope this is helpful. If you need additional assistance going over your horses' specific needs, please consider a personal phone consultation. That way I can review the big picture and treat your horse from a holistic perspective.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO