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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: Ponies/Minis

Hi Cristine,

You can and should feed a pony free choice forage. But, it has to be low in sugar and starch and low in calories. So testing your hay is a must. Plus, pasture grazing needs to be carefully monitored and avoided during high-risk times (late afternoon on a sunny day, for example, has the highest sugar/starch levels).

So, if a dry lot (with a low %NSC hay) is not feasible, you may want to reconsider your plans. Or you can bring a few horses in the dry lot together - that may work for you.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Where are you from? Waverly, OH