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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: Protein required for high performance horse that is an air fern

Hi Camille,

If you switch to TC 30%, you can stop feeding alfalfa, since this supplement is high in soybean meal (also a legume). The feeding directions state 2 lbs per day for a heavily exercised horse.

Take a close look at your horse's stress level. Stress is a major cause of obesity simply because the stress hormone, cortisol, causes insulin resistance. And an insulin resistant horse cannot efficiently burn fat for energy -- the cells simply will not let go of fat.

The fact that he has ulcers indicates that stress is likely a factor. Alfalfa pellets are not as good at buffering (for ulcers) as hay or even cubes. So, for now, go with the TC 30%, help your horse be a horse as much as is possible with as much turnout as possible, time with a buddy, and perhaps a break so he can recuperate. He'll be better in the long run.

One product I highly recommend is AmiQuell -- this herbal preparation soothes and heals the digestive lining.

Please keep me posted.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

sorry, I meant to say he is eating 1# Triple Crown Low Starch not TC Lite.

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO