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

Greetings Sherrie!

It was WONDERFUL meeting you at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in Denver! And you ARE one of my best fans. I hope you are enjoying my book and have found the chapter on Pregnancy to be informative.

An overall vitamin/mineral supplement is only important if you are not feeding the Kent feed according to directions for her weight. Since it is fortified with vitamins and minerals, she will get her basics if fed the recommended amount. But, if she is fed less than what is suggested by the manufacturer (which is often the case), then a supplement is helpful.

I cannot give you an intelligent answer about Purina 12:12 because their website does not give me the specific ingredients or guaranteed analysis. If you'll like to email that to me, or if you found it on another site, I can take a look at it for you.

Flaxseed meal is very important, so one thing I'd recommend is Nutra Flax. This is a stabilized flaxseed meal that has a small amount of calcium added to correct for the naturally inverted calcium to phosphorus ratio that exists in flax. But, are you feeding Glanzen Complete? If so, you will not want to add Nutra Flax, since Glanzen Complete is flaxseed meal based.

If this is your first foal, or if you need some helpful guidance to know what's normal and what's not during foaling and for the newborn, I highly recommend the book, The Complete Foaling Manual.

Happy Foaling and keep me posted!

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Hi Dr. Getty! I was so excited to talk to you at the Denver horse expo and to finally meet you in person! I had to laugh when you told my friend I was one of your biggest fans! lol I have a question for you and wanted your opinion of Purina 12:12? My vet suggested it to me but I needed to confirm it with you first! She is due on the 28th of this month and doesn't show much bagging up yet. My vet said to add this to her diet. What do you think? Right now she is only on the Kent feed with plenty of hay! It is hard to get my boarding place to feed anything else. But she is looking and feeling great! Thank you! Sherrie

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO