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


My question relates to treats for a horse who is recoving from Laminitis.

The advice I got was only carrots and no apples because apples are too high in sugar. I agree, that apples are higher in sugar, but apples are actually lower on the GI scale than carrots, so wondered if this might make the apples OK. I was also considering trying celery. Any other treat suggestions?

Many thanks, Heidi

Where are you from? Ontario, Canada

How did you locate this forum? Web search for "Horse Nutrition"

Re: Post Laminitis Treats

Hi Heidi,

You're absolutely right! Carrots do have a higher glycemic index than carrots. But, apples are too high in sugar to feed, as well. So, you need to avoid both.

Take a look at Skodes Horse Treats. You will be very pleasantly surprised by the variety of treats that are very low in sugar and starch. There are special Gingerbread cookies for the holidays that are popular right now. But, there are other types of cookies, brownies, and trail mixes that are nutritious and helpful for any horse that needs to avoid sugar.

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO