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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: epithisitis and cribbing

Hi Judy,

Yes, this hay is fine at 12.9% NSC. Your calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium are in the proper proportion. But, more magnesium is needed. I suggest Quiessence -- 1 scoop per 500 lbs of body weight.

A comprehensive vitamin/mineral supplement is worth considering. The one I like best in your situation is Glanzen Complete. This can be fed in addition to Quiessence since Quiessence provides magnesium that is not found in the Glanzen supplement. It is a custom product made by Horsetech, so it won't be in your feedstores, but shipping is free. Horsetech also makes a nice supplement that may be in your feedstore (and soon to be on my website) called High Point.

I'm glad you enjoyed the recorded TeleClass. For folks who are not familiar with this, I have a few live recorded events available for free on my website -- go to and click on Listen to Dr. Getty.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Dr Getty, i found on my hay analysis that the WSC is 10.5 as fed and 11.5 DM which of these do i go by,also the starch is 2.4 as fed and 2.6 DM.I see that they are both just slightly over 12%,is this ok for me to still free feed?Thanks again.

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO