First “Research Reflections” Column, a New Feature in Dr. Getty’s Forage for Thought

Dr. Getty

Dr. Getty announces a new feature, “Research Reflections,” insights on relevant nutrition research and how it impacts your horses’ health, in her bi-monthly newsletter, Forage for Thought. Subscribe for free at The following is the first to be featured:   Prebiotics may reduce inflammation in aging horses Researchers from …

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Feed Your Horse Properly

Scoops Measure Volume, Not Weight by Juliet M. Getty Ph.D.   The directions on most feed bags offer guidelines in terms of the number of pounds (or kg) you should feed.  If you use a scoop to measure your horse’s feed, how many pounds are you actually feeding?  Are you assuming that …

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The Obesity Epidemic

True Causes of Obesity and How to Fix It by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   Obesity is an epidemic problem with domesticated horses. Although we most easily attribute the problem to overfeeding concentrates combined with too little exercise, the underlying cause is much less apparent. It has to do with …

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Feeding the Pregnant Mare

Nutrition for the Final Three Months by Dr. Juliet M. Getty During the first eight months of pregnancy a mare may be fed like any other horse—with a balanced, high quality diet. However, things begin to change rapidly during the final three months of pregnancy. The mare now requires more …

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Empty Fields Everywhere

October 2014

Why Movement is So Important for Horses by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   Driving through Kentucky recently, I passed breathtaking farms: acres and acres of meticulously manicured pastures, lined with white four-board fences that seemed to travel for miles. What struck me, however, was the barrenness of the fields. Where …

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The Correct Way to Use Slow-Feeders

July 2014

Uses and Misuses of Commonly Used Horse Feeders by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   Forage is the foundation of every equine’s diet and needs to flow steadily through the digestive tract. Gaps without forage can lead to ulcers, colic, behavioral issues, stall vices, gorging, choke, cribbing and even laminitis. Truly, the …

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