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

My eleven year old paint mare was conclusively diagnosed with PSSM this summer. We suspected problems as far back as six years ago, when she started with sporadic tying-up episodes. We fed pre-bagged pelleted mixture (Nutreena Safechoice) until diagnosis, at which time she was switched per vet recommendation to Releve (High fat, high fiber, high protein, low sugars). She gets appox 5 Lbs. per day. Also Turnout split etween a mud lot and grass pasture weather permitting. Consistent rides 5-6 times per week. Unfortunately, she is still having tying up episodes and we can't get it under control this fall. Anyone out there with recommendations?? Love this mare--taught my 2 daughters to ride and hubby too!

Where are you from? northern Illinois

How did you locate this forum? surfing for info

Re: Feeding for PSSM

Hi Lynn,

I'm glad you have your horse on a low starch/low sugar feed. That is the first step. You should also have your hay tested -- this is important since it may be too high in sugar and starch. If you still have pasture, be aware that it may be too high in sugars this time of year because of the cold night time temperatures. So, I would suggest that you do not let her graze on grass if your evening temps fall below 40 degree F.

Avoid any sugary treats such as apples, carrots, or anything made from cereal grains (oats, corn, barley, etc) or molasses. A good treat to consider is Skode's Horse treats which are very low in starch and sugar and appropriate for PSSM horses.

If you need assistance interpreting your lab results or with customizing a feeding plan, you may find a personal phone visit worthwhile.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO