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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: Purina Professional Choice and Glanzen GL

Hi Foster,

I am delighted that he is not being fed the way his digestive system is designed -- with forage flowing through it at all times.

The only gap I see is that there are no vitamins to speak of in hay and the Glanzen GL does not have the vitamins E, C, D, and A (beta carotene) that exist in fresh grass before it was cut, dried, and stored as hay. So, instead of Glanzen GL, consider going with Glanzen GL Complete (scroll down to the very bottom of the page), since you are not feeding enough Purina go give him all the nutrients he requires.

Be sure to add some alfalfa to the mix -- the protein quality of grass hay alone is generally inadequate.

Keep up the fine work!

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Hello Dr. Getty, I would really like your advice. I have a 3 year old Paint owned since he was 3 months. He is on the small side, just 14.5. For the first 2 years he was boarded where he was feed 2 flakes of hey and half a scoop of the Purina Professional Choice along with Colt grow twice daily. I did not think he was getting the proper feeding for such a young horse so did some research to learn what would be better for him. I am so happy to have found your site. I have moved to a place that now will feed according to my instructions. Im feeding hey placed in nets, to last all day, along with 1/2 scoop of the Purina. This is twice daily. I've just purchased the Glanzen GL and will be adding it to the program.
My question I feeding too much. My horse is worked 4 days out of the week.

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO