Feed Your Horse Like A Horse
Optimize your horse's nutrition for a lifetime of vibrant health

Feed Your Horse Like A Horse provides you with 20 chapters and an Appendix to help you make calculations easy to understand and convert the U.S. system to the metric system. 

The book is divided into two main sections. Part I offers fundamentals of each nutrient classification, along with details on forages, concentrates, and even which treats are safe to feed.  Part II desribes specific conditions and circumstances your horse may be experiencing. Dr. Getty offers insight into the causes, treatment, and prevention of diseases such as laminitis and equine metabolic syndrome, digestive problems such as ulcers and colic, weight management for both the overweight and underweight horse, and conditions such as arthritis, allergies, and much more.  This section helps you feed a pregnant mare and support her newborn foal as he grows into adulthood. And as more and more horses are living incredibly long lives, their nutritional needs change along the way -- this, too, is discussed in Part II.  The last chapter deals with the special needs of athletes, to keep them in top shape to work and perform. 

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Table of Contents Topics include... Crunching numbers

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Below are the major headings:

  • Introduction
  • Ground Rules for Feeding a Horse
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats
  • Protein & Amino Acids
  • Minerals
  • Vitamins
  • Water & Electrolytes
  • Forages
  • Concentrates & By-products
  • Treats
  • Laminitis
  • Weight Management
  • Metabolic & Endocrine Disorders
  • Digestive Problems
  • Joints, Hair, Hooves, & Skin
  • Immunity Issues
  • Stress & Behavior
  • Breeding, Pregnancy, & Lactation
  • Growth & Growing Old
  • Athletes
  • Crunching Numbers

Throughout the 484 pages, you'll find topices such as:

  • Choosing the right hay and feed
  • Helping easy and hard keepers
  • Alleviated arthritis
  • Diagnosing equine Cushing's disease
  • How vitamins and minerals work
  • Preventing ulcers and colic
  • Recognizing and eliminiating stress
  • Feeding treats safely
  • Importance of electrolytes
  • Pregnancy and lactation
  • Treating insulin resistance
  • Reducing the risk of laminitis
  • Feeding the orphaned foal
  • Optimizing growth
  • Recovery of the rescued horse
  • Nutrient fundamentals
  • Optimizing work and performance
  • Dealing with genetic disorders
  • Changing needs as horses age
  • Managing allergies
  • Considerations for donkeys and mules

Find conversions and feed calculations confusing? The Appendix offers clear explanations on how specific nutrients calculations were performed so you can apply the same principles to your feeding regimen.

You'll learn how to:

  • Convert units of weight, volume, and energy between the U.S. and metric systems
  • Work with ppm, percentages, and other concentrations
  • Calculate the amount of nutrients in the diet
  • Determine nutrient ratios
  • Evaluate diets based on the horse's weight
  • Determine hay requirements as winter temperatures change
  • Calculate a foal's weight
  • Determine the number of calories (energy) in a feedstuff