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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: "Hot-brained" and Louis L'Amour

Hi Cristine,

The glycemic index is a measure of how the blood glucose level rises with specific feeds. And it stands to reason that the higher the GI, the higher the %NSC since the more sugar and starch (higher %NSC) the more glucose would be pumped into the blood (higher GI).

So, a low starch feed is very helpful. I would still contact LMF to confirm the exact %NSC since it can be lower in sugar and starch than other feeds but may not be low enough.

Glad his eyes are ok. And I agree with Jackie... I expected that he has a buddy, but if he does not, this can be a major factor in horse's erratic behavior. I have seen horses become very ill simply because they will not lie down and sleep due to being alone. I don't know if this is the case with your horse, but if it is, it's time to think about this.

Keep me posted.

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Cristine Cameron
Thank you for your response Dr. Getty. Sam and I went to a Board Cert.Vet.Opthamologist just the other day and his eyes are perfect, so that is not part of his outbursts. He always has hay or pasture available and is not under any kind of stress (from me, training, environment) so am not sure about the ulcer possibility. To confirm that would be an endoscopic exam I imagine and ($$$$$) so am putting that on a back burner for now. I am keeping him on his MMX because I do believe that has helped him. My question now is that I have been reading up in your book and understand the G.I. comparisons, but I am not sure how that translates to the NSC%. The LMF feed I am looking at is "grain free with a minimum of molasses"........... It would make perfect sense that Sam could be having blood sugar spikes and lows from the way I was feeding. Can you help me understand the difference between the G.I. and NSC% as far as blood sugar extremes? For 5+ years I would have called Sam a "hard-keeper" until the beet pulp and Probiotic/Prebiotic and MMX additions. Now he is on a diet = and we look forward to your next Teleseminar on the "easy-keeper.

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO

Re: "Hot-brained" and Louis L'Amour

Dr Getty,
I think I get it. NSCs are sugar and starch and indicate the Glycemic Index. Yes? So yes, I will call LMF and ask some numbers. The more I read the more I think this new GI approach is the right thing for Sam. I am amused that after generations of horsemen, the old cowboys called it "hot-brained" and knew that alot of grain could impact a horse's behavior.

Where are you from? Sedro-Woolley, WA

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