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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Won't eat Laminex anymore

Hi Dr. Getty,

My horse developed laminitis 1 month after I bought him (2 years ago). He is a 15(we think) year old National Show Horse. No one (barn, vet) knows what caused the laminitis. I started him on Laminex two months after he foundered (one scoop per day) and he's doing really well. However, this spring he stopped eating all of his morning meal with the Laminex. He's currently being fed Carb Guard. He is on the thinner side, and I worry about 2 things--not eating his food, and wasting the Laminex. He doesn't seem as energetic as he was, but that could be the warmer weather, too. Is there another supplement that would work that might be more palatable? He is fed hay morning, lunch, and at night, and goes out most days for about an hour. His new coat is very shiny and soft. I would appreciate any suggestions. His front left hoof looks perfect, his right still has a bit of a seedy toe. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Where are you from? Pennsylvania

How did you locate this forum? internet

Re: Won't eat Laminex anymore

Hi Molly,

Yes, another excellent supplement is PreOx. And, I would provide Quiessence along with this for additional magnesium.

I am concerned about his lack of energy. PreOx contains B vitamins, which will help, plus omega 3 fatty acids, for a variety of functions including hoof health, inflammation, immune system, and more. Give him 2 scoops per day, but build up to that level over a week to 10 days. Add some water to his meal so it sticks to the feed and doesn't fall to the bottom of the bucket. Or you can spray his feed with cooking spray to help it stick.

If his energy level does not return to normal, let me know and we can consider speaking at length over the phone so I can get a clear picture of his entire situation.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO