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

Hi Judy,

I hope your colt is doing better -- thank you for your patience while my broken shoulder is healing.

The first thing I would recommend is to make certain that you are not feeding him anything starchy. That means no cereal grains -- oats, corn, barley, wheat, etc., or commercial feeds that contain these ingredients. Starch has been shown to induce osteopathic disorders in growing horses. Instead, make sure he has all the grass hay and/or pasture he wants, along with approximately 30% of his forage ration as alfalfa. If he is not getting pasture, he'll need a supplement to fill in the gaps, so he'll require a "carrier meal" to which you can add a supplement. Choose either a low starch feed, or one that is designed for growth that is low in starch such as ADM Alliance Junior Glo.

Regarding pain, go with a buteless pain reliever such as Stop the Pain on an as-needed basis.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Hi Dr Getty,I have another question about my colt,thanks for all the answers you have given me so fare. well my colt has been limping now for a couple of months,i had my local vet out and he did x-rays on his knees didnt really find anything,said maybe he is just growing to fast,so i waited a few weeks and thought maybe i would get a second opinion,so i took him to an equine hospital to a vet that came highly recomended,well this vet spent 3 1/2 hrs with my colt xrayed everything from the ground up and said everything looks fine,sooo i wanted to ask you if you could recomend a pain reliever for him that is ok to give as much as needed with out causing any other problems. thanks for your help.

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO