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

Hi Cristine,

You're correct -- ponies are different -- they need less fat in their diet and they all tend to be insulin resistant. The free choice, concept, however, is the same, as long as the hay you're feeding is low in %NSC (less than 12% and preferably lower than that) and also low in calories -- no more than .89 Mcals/lb.

How 'bout using a slow feeder -- several of them, scattered about, will help him to eat less while moving around to get to it.

And exercise is so important -- even 10 minutes a day of walking.

You're doing a wonderful job!

Best wishes,

Dr. Getty

Okay. I understand the reasoning behind FREE Choice, but I just keep hearing 'ponies are different', "ponies have to be fed different from horses", etc.etc. so I just wanted to make sure. He (and the other 2) have hay in front of them at all times. Seems I waste quite a bit on the days they don't eat it but rather just play in it, but I do get the theory. And often I see all of them just napping in the sun with hay just a few feet away, so they do "walk away". Thank you much.

Where are you from? Waverly, Ohio