Feed Your Horse Like a Horse – review


Feed Your Horse Like A Horse - Optimize your horse's nutrition for a lifetime of vibrant healthPretty much everything you need to know about feeding your horse is in this book. But don’t fear, it’s not written for super techie nerds – it has the horse owner in mind.

Feed Your Horse Like A Horse:
Optimize your horse’s nutrition for a lifetime of vibrant health
by Juliet M Getty PhD
Hardcover; 484pp; Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN-10: 1608442144/ISBN-13: 978-1608442140
9.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
RRP: $US54. Available from Amazon or from Getty Equine Nutrition


At times there is no escaping the technicalities of feeding a horse properly – but then, our equine friends are complicated creatures in many ways, and as we all know, one size does not fit all.

There are 20 chapters, and the book is split into two sections. One is all about feed and supplements – in a nutshell, what’s in it, what it’s for, and how to feed it – and the second section looks at conditions and diseases related to nutrition, and the life stages of the horse.

This includes nutrition for breeding horses and growing foals, juniors, and seniors.

And treats. Ah, treats. We love to give our ponies treats but there are some risky goodies out there – such as chocolate, which is as potentially dangerous to horses as it is dogs; milk products, and “foodstuffs” like hamburgers. (Why would someone do that?) And handily, there’s a table of hazardous fruits and vegetables. (FYI these include cabbage, asparagus, and tomatoes).

When things go wrong with horses, they can really go wrong. Fortunately, some conditions are not so common, but it pays to be aware. For example, what do you know about Lyme disease? How about Heinz Body Anemia? The information on this and its relationship to feeding garlic should be noted carefully by those seeking “natural remedies”.

Dr Getty stresses that the book is not a medical guide, but gives a perspective on how to keep the horse healthy.

Thorny topics such as laminitis, equine metabolic syndrome, ulcers, colic, and weight management are explored, with causes, diagnosis and advice on treatment.

Ulcers have been in the news a lot in recent years, with research suggesting most horses have them.  In the section under Digestive Problems, Dr Getty looks at what ulcers are, how they develop, how they are diagnosed, and ways of treating them.

After reading this book, you might just go out to your feed shed and throw away some of the outdated and useless extras you’ve accumulated over the years.

Juliet M Getty
Juliet M Getty

The full table of contents can be read here.


Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. is a consultant, speaker, and writer in equine nutrition. A former university professor and the winner of several teaching awards, Dr. Getty presents seminars to horse organizations and works with individual horse owners to create customized nutrition plans designed to prevent illness and optimize their horses’ overall health and performance.

Dr. Getty has written numerous publications, both in the U.S. and worldwide. Her work has been cited in other authors’ publications.

The well-being of the horse remains Dr. Getty’s driving motivation.

Dr Getty is also on Horsetalk’s ‘Ask the Experts’ Panel.

One thought on “Feed Your Horse Like a Horse – review

  • March 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Lyme disease, I don’t think we have that in New Zealand?


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