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

Hello Marie,

Insulin resistance can affect the feet and circulation, so it is important that you are careful to feed a low starch/low sugar diet. Have your hay and pasture tested to be sure.

If it is allergies, the immune system is in overdrive, leaving little energy left to combat thrush. I suggest high dosages of vitamins C and E to provided needed antioxidants. C-442 is a buffered vitamin C. And check the vitamin E content in your supplement and add enough natural vitamin E to provide 3,000 IU per day.

Keep me posted.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Why does my insulin resistant horse have thrush and cough? He recently has been turned out to pasture 2 hrs per day when coughing started. He eats grass hay, alfalfa pellets and beet pulp with complete vitamin and mineral supplements. Could this be allergy or blood sugar problem. Thanks

Where are you from? Waverly, Ohio