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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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I currently give my 14.2hh mare 1.5 scoops of chaff and 1 scoop of calm & condiontiong cubes for breakfrast and 2 scoops of both for dinner.She also has 1/2 an apple in both and 1 carrot and 1 small spoon of garlic in both. She is now calmer than when we first bought her 2 years ago and we are thinking of changing her diet. What would you recommend both for the good of the horse and economically?

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Hello Leigh,

As long as she is getting all the grass hay and/or pasture that she wants, she sounds like she's doing well on this feeding regimen. I would add some alfalfa (lucerne) to the mix to balance out her protein quality. And, finally, I am reluctant to feed garlic to horses because it can induce anemia. I expect you're feeding it to reduce insect stings. Try adding vitamin B1 (Thiamin) instead, for the same effect along with some apple cider vinegar to her water supply.

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Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO