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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: Diet change

Hello Ann,

Thank you for writing and for your patience. I've been in the process of relocating to Ohio and am now finally able to answer the forum questions.

Thank you for reading my book and for your kind words. As you have likely noticed, I don't like feeding starchy feeds (the oats, you suggested) since horses do not require large amounts of starch. Heavily exercised horses (racehorses, for example) do benefit from some oats but yours are not in that category. Plus, your pony is genetically predisposed toward insulin resistance and starch should be removed as much as possible.

So, I like your diet in general, however, I would replace the oats with soaked beet pulp or hay pellets (timothy, or alfalfa, or a mixture of the two). Also, sunflower seeds are high in omega 6 fatty acids, and therefore can be inflammatory if fed in too high a quantity. You're balancing them with Nutra Flax, which is fine -- just do not overfeed.

Keep up the good work!

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Ann White
Want to change the diet of two Haflinger mares(not IR and are 10 and 11 years old) and a Classic Shetland mare (8 years old). They don't get a lot of exercise (now constructing a "Paddock Paradise")in winter conditions in Maine.This is the diet I have been thinking about....Whole Organic Oats as a base...High Point grass hay supplement...Nutra-Flax(or fresh ground)..Earth Song Ranch's Equine-Zyme (pre/probiotics)...Timothy/Grass hay...small amout of Organic Black Oil Sunflower Seeds(sproutable kind) Could you comment on this Diet! Oh..I bought your book(Feed Your Horse Like A Horse) and the details for reference on Equine Nutrition is extremely helpful!This book should be part of every horse person's Equine Library! Thank You, Ann White

Where are you from? Waverly, OH