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QUESTION
I just purchased a impressive bred H/N gelding and need information on what to feed him and what not to feed.


ANSWER

Since your gelding is H/N and not N/N, chances are that he may not be extremely affected with the symptoms of HYPP that include muscle tremors and weakness. You may be able to get along with feeding good quality grass hay, that is usually significantly lower in potassium than alfalfa, and a grain mix that does not include molasses, which is also high in potassium. If he doe shows symptoms while on the grass hay, however, you may wish to replace some of the hay with beet pulp, which is one of the lowest potassium fiber sources available. HYPP affected horses should be fed multiple small meals throughout the day rather than being offered just a couple of large meals each day. His exercise program should be increased more carefully and gradually than for the average horse, too, since he may be more prone to exercise-induced electrolyte imbalances.







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