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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: Nutrena Safe Choice Special Care

Hi DB and Collier,

I have an email from Nutrena that states a 15% NSC for their Special Care feed and a 14% NSC for their Empower Balance. I don't, however, know the exact ingredients. For insulin resistant horses, this level is on the high side. Plus, if the horse is overweight, there truly isn't a reason to even feed a commercial feed. You would have to feed it according to directions (which is generally too much to feed) in order to get all the vitamins/minerals that are listed on the bag. Instead, it is better to offer a vitamin/mineral supplement added to a low starch carrier. Beet pulp, alfalfa pellets, or soybean hulls are all excellent carriers.

For a PSSM horse that is in need of additional calories beyond forage, provide additional fat. Flaxseed meal is a good choice or a flaxseed meal based vitamin/mineral supplement such as Glanzen Complete.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

R Collier
Yes, I'm wondering the same thing. I have a draft cross with mild to moderate symptoms of pssm and am wondering if this is a food I could feed her. I've had difficulty keeping weight on her. I'm also wondering which magnesium supplement you would prefer for a possible pssm horse ... mmx or quiessence? The previous owner had her on 10g of a magnesium only supplement per day, when I bought her but never disclosed all the reasons for it (I think).

Where are you from? Waverly, Ohio