Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

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Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

Welcome to Getty Equine Nutrition, LLC. You're likely here because horses are a major part of your life. You want them to be at their best - healthy, beautiful, and strong. Choosing what to feed horses can be confusing. It seems as though everyone you ask has a different answer. And, many feeding methods are based on widely-held myths that are based on old information. Today's advances in equine science address aspects of your horses' physiology that make diet planning different for horses than for any other animal.




Dr. Juliet M. Getty's comprehensive reference book, Feed Your Horse Like A Horse, is designed to guide you through the complex world of optimizing your horse's health through proper nutrition. Whether you simply need to brush up what you already know, determine whether your horse needs a particular supplement, help your horse heal from an injury or metabolic condition, ease your horse through growth or growing old, or want your horse to reach his athletic potential, you'll reach for this book again and again. Everything in this book is based on Dr. Getty's personal experience in working with actual cases -- real world situations that affect real horses. 

Each copy will be signed and personalized. Learn more about  Feed Your Horse Like A Horse: Optimize your horse's nutrition for a lifetime of vibrant health at: 

www.FeedYourHorseLikeAHorse.com


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Here is an example of what many folks have said:

"I have purchased many equine nutrition books and subscribe to EQUUS and Horse Journal, and I would say Dr. Getty's book is hands-down the most detailed, comprehensive, factual, and authoritative source of equine nutrition. Before finding Dr. Getty's book, it was really difficult to access a single, comprehensive resource that could answer practically any equine nutrition question that I had. Most volumes that are available to laypeople are thin, sometimes associated with pet food manufacturers with unimpressive credentials, were vague, and shallow in their depth of coverage. I was thinking of trying to find a veterinary textbook on equine nutrition to further my learning, so meager were the resources that I could find. However, once I found Dr. Getty's book, I knew I didn't have to keep buying any more thin booklets on equine nutrition. This book has 20 chapters, covering topics from the fundamentals of carbs, proteins, fats, and minerals, to vitamins, weight management, diseases like laminitis, metabolic disorders like insulin resistance, stress and behavior, and an appendix for helping you to "crunch numbers" for calculating feed plans.

My horse has a hot temperament, and he has spent the last nine months recovering and rehabbing from a ligament injury. This book has really helped me to find supplements to maximize his recovery rate and to keep him sane, using the recommendations from the book for helping with different equine temperaments and with soft tissue injury recovery. A friend of mine also has a horse with Cushing's and laminitis (thankfully now cleared up!), and after borrowing my copy, she had to buy her own because the book covers the disease and how to feed such horses in such clear detail.

Before I purchased this book, as a first-time horse owner, I had to keep asking friends and trainers at my barn about horse nutrition and supplements. I would often get conflicting and confusing answers, that weren't necessarily based on science or research. Now when I have questions, I am able to find well-researched and clearly explained answers in this book, which has been fantastic. I cannot recommend this book more highly if you are looking for a comprehensive source of equine nutrition and supplements." 

Stephi, posted on amazon.com

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There is plenty of information about horse nutrition available on the internet and you are encouraged to read and learn as much as you can. But if you find that you'd like to have assistance from an equine nutritionist -- one that can evaluate your horse's specific needs and situation -- that is what Getty Equine Nutrition, LLC can provide. The goal is to help you offer the best feeding plan for your precious equine friend. Click on the "Consultations" link at the top of the page for information about this service.

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You ought to consider an equine nutrition consultant for your horse, if any of the following apply to you and your horse:

1. You have an athlete - whether your horse works on the ranch, or competes in races, is a hunter/jumper, a dressage artist, a rodeo performer, a competitive trail rider, or even a weekend companion on your favorite trail. All athletes have increased nutritional needs and just feeding more food is not necessarily the best approach.

2. You have a broodmare. Breeding has special considerations, both in promoting a pregnancy and in maintaining one. The health of the foal depends upon a healthy mare. And, once the foal is born, the lactating mare needs your nutritional care to maintain her health and to produce nutritious milk.

3. You have a youngster. Growth take years and having the proper nutrients and building blocks to feed growing bones, muscles, and tissues, is critical toward allowing your colt or filly to reach his or her potential.

4. Your horses are more than performers, they are your family. Horses are special and the bonds we form with them are like no other. For all their large size, they are really quite delicate and they rely on us to keep them healthy. Feeding horses appropriately for their age, body condition, physical requirements, and even their emotional temperament, requires more than hay and sunshine.

5. You have a horse that, in your opinion, really could be healthier. Your horse is fine, basically speaking, but not in glowing health. Perhaps all your horse requires is a little tweaking of his/her diet to add that nutrient that's lacking.

6. You have an aging horse. As horses get older, their bodies require additional support. The right nutrients, in tune with their level of health, will keep them in top shape for many years. Through correct feeding and attention to specific nutrients, your horse can grow old gracefully and look and feel far younger than his years.

7. Your horse is ill. Perhaps your horse has suffered from laminitis, insulin resistance, Cushing's disease, arthritis, or allergies, ulcers, recurrent colic, or diarrhea. Maybe your horse is having trouble maintaining a normal weight. Perhaps your horse is recovering from a surgical procedure or is enduring large amounts of stress. Nutritional support, along with proper medical intervention, can be enormously helpful in speeding up healing, boosting the immune system, and even preventing future problems.

8. You're confused by all the supplements that are available on the market. They all sound great. But, which one is ok to use? And, if you use more than one, you may be concerned about overlapping too many nutrients and causing a new set of problems. A qualified equine nutritionist can help ease the confusion and provide a simple plan for you to follow, using the proper supplements, in the correct amounts.

If you relate to any of the above items, a sound nutritional approach, in combination with good medical care, is critical to your horse's health.


Nutrition is a biological science, and as such, it influences the entire animal's body and mind. When advising horse-owner clients, Dr. Juliet M. Getty takes special care to gain a thorough understanding of all the aspects of the horse's life. This holistic approach allows her to analyze each horse's specific and unique situation. Horses, like people, are individuals. What works for one horse, may not for another. This is why it is confusing to buy a supplement, let's say, based on the advertised benefits. Or, doing what your friend does for her horse may not work for yours. This is where sound nutritional advice from a qualified equine nutrition professional is so beneficial. The advice you receive should be designed for your horse and no one else's. If you find that you need to be more involved in maximizing and maintaining your horse's health through dietary intervention, please consider obtaining assistance from Getty Equine Nutrition, LLC to help you make sense of it all.

This is important to note:
Nutrition advice is meant to facilitate healing and maintain health. The information provided by Getty Equine Nutrition, LLC is presented for the purpose of educating horse-owners. Clients administer suggested feeds and supplements voluntarily with the understanding that any adverse reaction is the responsibility of the owner. Furthermore, Getty Equine Nutrition, LLC cannot be held accountable for a horse's responsiveness to nutritional intervention.
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USE YOUR STETHOSCOPE BEFORE YOU NEED IT!

Your emergency kit likely includes a stethoscope -- a highly valuable piece of equipment during any urgent health situation. Knowing your horse's normal heart rate and gut sounds beforehand will allow you to better assess the seriousness of the situation -- so use your stethoscope now.

A resting pulse is typically between 32 and 40 beats per minute (ponies' are slightly higher). Place the stethoscope in front of the girth area, just behind the elbow. Using the sweep second hand on your watch or a stop watch (usually a feature on your cell phone), count the number of beats for 30 seconds and double it to get beats per minute. Measure at various times of day, before and after eating, and at any change in circumstances or activity level; this will give you a clear idea of how your horse generally responds to his environment. Marked deviation from normal (without obvious explanation such as exercise) can indicate the presence of infection, pain, or illness.

Your stethoscope is especially useful for listening to gut sounds. It is normal and healthy for sounds to come from the digestive tract due to the movement of feed, gas, and fluid. Intestines are made of muscles; processing forage continuously provides the necessary exercise to keep these muscles in good condition. Normally, the sounds will be low in pitch with some growling. Colic occurs when there is a change within the intestines, ordinarily due to obstruction, gas, or torsion, and sounds change or stop altogether. If you don't hear any noise, or if the sounds have become higher pitched, significantly slowed, or sound hollow, it likely indicates colic and you should contact your vet immediately.

Practice listening to four areas of the gut: along the upper barrel and the lower flank area on both sides. Generally speaking, sounds from the upper left come from the small colon and tend to be high pitched and of short duration. The lower left has sounds from the large colon. On the upper right, the sounds come from the large colon and cecum whereas the lower right has the large colon. However, the point of origin for gut sounds is not completely predictable; the important thing is to identify a variation from your horse's normal sounds.

Deviations from normal in pulse or gut sounds may have many possible explanations, so unless you have extensive experience, you should never put yourself in the position of diagnosing colic or other disorders. But you can be a valuable resource to your veterinarian if you know what is normal for your horse and can identify a change, before illness happens.





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Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
Getty Equine Nutrition, LLC
307 Lily Lane
Lewisville, TX 75057

Phone: 214-257-0505
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