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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: Balancing my own feed mixture....

Hello Serenity,

While I would like to help you, your request goes beyond the scope of this forum. You have several horses, all with different needs. The best way I can assist you would be to set up a phone visit consultation. That way, I can spend an hour or so over the phone going over the big picture -- history, specific needs, medical treatments (if applicable), environment, exercise, diet, etc. to customize a plan for you. I do one horse at a time.

In the meantime, be careful of giving oats to a growing horse -- it can increase the chance of him developing osteopathic disorders. Alfalfa pellets make a fine carrier, without oats or beet pulp. Choose a good vitamin/mineral supplement along with some flaxseed meal -- for the average horse, this should be fine. I like Glanzen Complete because it is flaxseed meal based and fills in all the gaps that exist with hay.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

I just wanted to update:

My 10yr old mare and yearling do NOT like beet pulp. They both seperate it out if I add too much. Tried for 2 weeks and they will only eat it if its mainly alfalfa pellets. I am also selling the 2yr old.

So I switched to mixing the alfalfa pellets with oats. Right now I'm using up the rest of the beet pulp mixed in too but will most likely drop the beet pulp (haven't completely decided). I have what appears to be a pretty even mix of AP and oats, for my 10yr old who needs to gain a little weight I add more oats to hers. Will weigh everything tonight.

I think I have settled on using EquiPride as my supplement.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!

Where are you from? Waverly, Ohio