When was the last time you were able to visit with a Professional Equine Nutritionist who is not affiliated with a specific feed company?
Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. is a retired university professor and an internationally respected equine nutritionist. As an author, consultant, and speaker, she helps horse owners, just like you, keep their horses healthy and helps ailing horses regain a fruitful, quality life.
The reason you're here is because you're searching for information about taking care of your horses' nutritional needs. There's a saying -- "Ask 50 people the same question about feeding, and you'll get 50 different answers." It's so true because folks pass along information, correct or not, from generation to generation, and from neighbor to neighbor. So getting accurate, reliable answers to your questions can be a very frustrating experience. That's why checking the credentials of the person with whom you're consulting is the best way to assure a good result.
Your veterinarian is the best source for medical treatment and information. But every horse owner should have a three member team. This includes your veterinarian, along with a competent farrier, and an equine nutritionist. An equine nutritionist has years of graduate study and work in nutrition, and is a valuable partner in keeping your horse at his healthiest, along with complementing medical treatment for the best overall results.
Over the years, Dr. Juliet Getty has worked with thousands of horse owners to address their concerns. Each horse is an individual and she takes great care to evaluate the big picture -- his history, medical treatments, feeding, exercise, environment, as well as his mental state to examine his condition from a holistic perspective, taking all aspects of his life into consideration. Over the years, she has encountered concerns ranging from how to begin with a new horse, to helping a foal grow properly, as well as allowing your older horse to grow old gracefully. Serious concerns such as preventing and treating ulcers, helping your horse avoid colic, maintaining a normal weight, and bringing him back to a pain-free, quality life after experiencing laminitis (founder) are all situations that Dr. Getty has handled with excellent results.
There are times when the phone will ring with a desperate horse owner on the other end of the line. "My vet wants me to put my horse down. I'm told he cannot recover." Dr. Getty's response is, "Certainly putting your horse down is an option, but where there is life, there is hope." Tough, seemingly impossible cases are what Dr. Getty aggressively manages to, more often than not (nearly 90% of the time), bring the horse back to a pain-free, productive, quality life.
Relapses, in cases such as colic and laminitis, are often the result of good intentions. For example, stress from having nothing to chew for hours at a time, leads to insulin resistance and hindgut microbial compromises that lead to another attack of laminitis. The goal might be to help an overweight horse lose weight by restricting hay and/or pasture, but the outcome is physically and mentally stressful, creating a hormonal response that causes yet another bout with founder. Horses will lose body fat when they are not stressed and allowed to self-regulate their hay intake by giving them hay, free-choice. It's amazing how after a few days (no more than a week in most cases) of free-choice hay, a horse will eat less and less, allowing his instincts to return, and will only eat what his body needs. And overweight horses lose weight. They also become calm, easy to manage, attentive, and a joy to work with.
That's just one example of the type of insight and help you'll receive from Dr. Getty. She spends an hour or more on the phone with you going over everything -- and truly listening to your needs and concerns -- to formulate a plan that works for you and for your horse. From the basics to the most complex of cases, she'll work with you to find a solution that you can feel comfortable with. Advice is only good if you're able follow it, so Dr. Getty takes into consideration your needs, as well as your horse's, to develop an approach that works for everyone involved.
Here's how to set up a consultation. It's real simple...
You contact Dr. Getty either by email, phone, or send her the "Would You Like More Information?" form at the bottom of this page. She will contact you within 24 hours (often less than that) to coordinate a time that best for her to call you. Her schedule is generally booked 4 to 6 weeks in advance, however, occasionally there is a cancellation and she may be able to visit with you sooner. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone is 740-663-2333.
Her fee is very reasonable: $229 (a flat rate for the entire visit) for each horse (or group of horses with the same needs).
Your consultation includes:
Please note: Dr. Getty's consultation schedule is generally booked 4 to 6 weeks out. She will schedule your appointment as soon as possible.
You may click on the "Add to Cart" below and Dr. Getty will contact you to set up an appointment. Or if you prefer, Dr. Getty can email you an invoice in advance or help you over the phone when she calls.
Phone consultations are available to international locations (only English-speaking) for an additional $30 ($259 for each horse/situation). Email Dr. Getty to set up an appointment at email@example.com
You may prepay for INTERNATIONAL consultations below and Dr. Getty will contact you for appointment times:
** If you need to cancel, please provide as much advance notice as possible. A $50 fee may be charged for not showing up for an appointment.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: Do I have to pay for long distance charges for phone visits? Answer: No. Dr. Getty will call you and there are no phone charges involved.
Q: What if I live outside of the U.S.? Answer: She will call you. The fee is an additional $30 for international locations.
Q: How do I pay for this service? Answer: One of three ways. You may pay above by clicking the "Add to Cart" button. Or, we can email you a Paypal invoice where you can use a credit or debit card (you do not need to have a PayPal account). Finally, if you prefer, Dr. Getty can assist you with your payment over the phone when she calls at your appointed time
Q: Can we talk more than an hour? Answer: Yes. Most consultations last between one and 1 1/2 hours. There are no additional charges. Follow up visits will be charged accordingly.
Q: Do I have control over what we talk about? Answer: Of course! This is your time and you direct the conversation to meet your needs.
Q: Can I receive a prescription, if needed? Answer: No, Dr. Getty does not issue prescriptions. If your concern requires medical attention, she will recommend that you contact your veterinarian.
Q: What information do I need to provide? Answer: You should have details about everything you feed, including supplements. If information can be found on line, Dr. Getty can access it during your visit. Also, if you have any recent blood work test results or hay analyses, please fax those to her ahead of time (FAX: 740-663-2334).
Q: Can we visit more than once? Will there be an additional fee? Answer: Yes, you can visit as often as you wish. Generally, Dr. Getty can answer any additional questions you may have through email, at no charge. If the situation requires extensive time, however, you can choose to set up follow-up appointment, which will entail a reasonable fee. Please see the Services and Fees page for information about follow-up charges.
Q: Will I receive specific information about what to feed and how much to feed? Answer: Yes. However, sometimes the plan may be adjusted if blood work or hay analysis results are done after the visit.
Q: What are Dr. Getty's qualifications? Answer: She earned a Master's degree in animal nutrition from the University of Florida and has a double major Ph.D. in animal nutrition and marketing (animal nutrition studies at the University of Georgia). She is a retired nutrition professor, spending 20 years at the University of North Texas, while doing consulting in equine nutrition through her company, Getty Equine Nutrition, LLC. She now lives in Waverly, Ohio where she consults with horse owners throughout the world, writes for various publications, including Nutrition Editor for the Horse Journal. Dr. Getty offers informative speaking presentations and seminars for organizations in person and via radio, teleclasses, and podcasts. Her growing series, "Teleseminars on Nutrition Topics that Concern You" is a popular source of information. Her book, Feed Your Horse Like A Horse, offers a vast array of information for all horse owners, from the first time owner to the most seasoned professional.
Q: Can I ask questions about any condition or is she specialized? Answer: Feel free to address any condition or stage of life. Dr. Getty is a generalist. She has successfully treated the most difficult cases of laminitis, colic, weight problems, and digestive disturbances. She also enjoys working with mares in foal and their special needs, growing horses, as well as aging horses, and the special needs of athletes. In addition, she has been involved in helping rescue horses recover from neglect. All questions and concerns about any area of equine health are welcomed.