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Veterinarian Madalyn Ward provides information about basic horse care, horse hoof care, and treatment for equine founder in horses. Dr. Ward is a horse chiropractor specializing in foundered horses, horse nutrition, equine acupuncture, treatment of equine health problems and healing. Through her blog and newsletter, Madalyn provides additional advice on horse supplements, equine nutrition, laminitis, and horse and mule health.

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Holistic Horse Health: The Buzz From the Barn

Madalyn on horseMadalyn Ward, DVM shares her answers to specific holistic horse care questions from clients.

Q - After our discussion Tuesday, I ordered crimped oats, barley & beet pulp (w/out molasses).  And I’ve been trying to research appropriate ratios of each.  But the research I’m reading once again indicates that oats & barley have an upside down calcium to phosphorous ratio and so I’m wondering what you recommend to fix that?

A - The secret to feeding oats and barley is to use very small amounts. If you do this you don’t have to worry about the higher levels of Phosphorus. Just about everything else is high calcium. Beet pulp is high calcium as is alfalfa. Rice bran is high phosphorus but most companies balance it with added calcium. Seeds are high phosphorus but you feed small amounts so again not an issue.

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