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Re: What to feed IR mini?

Hello Renee,

Thank you for writing. I would fill in the gaps that exist with hay with a flaxseed meal based supplement that is lower in fat, called Glanzen Lite Complete. The omega 3 fatty acids found in flaxseed meal have been shown to reduce circulating insulin levels, which is very important for the IR horse. Give her 1 scoop per 500 lbs of body weight.

Secondly, I would add psyllium husks. SuPer Psyllium Pellets is a good, economical choice. Give her 1/8 cup per meal.

Finally, have your hay analyzed to make sure it is low in calories and low enough in NSC (below 12%) to be fed free choice. An empty stomach should be avoided since this causes a stress hormone response that can increase her risk of another laminitis relapse, as well as keep her heavy (if she has fat deposits). I suggest sending in a hay sample to Equi-Analytical Labs and ordering their Fast Track test. I believe they still only charge $16 for it -- money well spent.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Hi Dr. Getty,

I recently adopted an IR mini- she is a rescue and foundered in the past. Her weight is good and she is not lame. She is about 12 years old.

I am feeding her about 4.5 lbs of grass hay, no pasture grass, a Chro-Mag supplement from Green Mountain Nutritional and 1000 IU vitamin E. Would a ration balancer work for her or an additional vit/min supplement?

Thanks for your help,

Where are you from? Waverly, Ohio