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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: Hay Analysis ? TDN

Hi Marcia,

Rather than limit grazing, limit grazing of high sugar/high starch hay and allow free-choice grazing of a low NSC hay. Limiting grazing will keep his neck cresty because the hormonal response tells his body to avoid burning fat and to hold on to it.

You mention a "DVD" -- I do not have a DVD -- perhaps you mean my teleseminar on audio CD? My book is available as a pdf file, which I place on a CD, but it is not a audio or visual document.

I'm delighted that you found my teleseminar helpful. The product you are asking about is Carb X, which has additional antioxidants and herbs in it that are useful in lowering blood insulin levels. But the best way to lower circulating insulin is to remove the stress response that exists with an empty stomach.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Marcia L Cannizzo
Dr. Getty - Thank you so much for your reply. I will definitely take your advise about getting the hay analysis that you suggest, as I would really like to be able to buy hay from the same provider if possible. I continue to study your book - and also have your DVD which I will be viewing sometime soon. After listening to your recorded teleseminar regarding the easy keepers, we have made several adjustments to our feeding and grazing practices, and I am pleased to say, that our horses have been showing some nice improvements. One gelding still gets hard in the crest area after his grazing time, so we will continue to limit his grazing until we see more improvement. I have been using the Quiessence, and will look back at my notes, as I seem to remember that you suggested that if Quiessence didn't prove to be too successful, to try another product(?). Thank you once again for your help.

Where are you from? Waverly, Ohio