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

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Hi Dr. Getty, I have a 9 yr. old mare who has always been healthy, but this winter I have heard her cough maybe 3 different times (something she has never done before). Not knowing for sure as to what is causing this is there something she could be taking to help the immune system? She is not getting moldy hay. I also have a 17 yr. old mare that is always rubbing her tail creating a bald spot and her skin is very flaky on her tail when you comb it. Topical tx. does seem to help but I was wondering if something was missing nutritionally in her diet? Thanks, Mary

Where are you from? Mn

How did you locate this forum? surfing

Re: coughing/rubbing

Hi Mary,

The first place I would start would be to provide a comprehensive vitamin/mineral supplement to fill in the gaps. It should contain omega 3 fatty acids (from flax) to boost immune system, B vitamins for skin and hair and proper digestion, and additional vitamin E and Beta Carotene, since these are lost in hay, to serve as antioxidants to protect immune function, reduce inflammation, and keep your horses healthy throughout their bodies.

Glanzen Complete fits this requirement very well.

Give them each 3 scoops per day (assuming they are full size horses of approximately 1100 lbs).

Keep me posted on how they're doing.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO