Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. is a former university professor and an internationally respected equine nutritionist. As an author, consultant, and speaker, she helps horse owners, just like you, to keep their horses healthy and helps ailing horses regain a fruitful, quality life.
The reason you're visiting Dr. Getty’s website 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." Getting accurate, reliable answers to your questions can be a 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.
Every horse owner should have the support of at least three team members: your veterinarian, a competent farrier, and an equine nutritionist. Your veterinarian is the best source for medical treatment and information. The farrier is an obvious necessity—we all know the truth behind “no hoof, no horse.” 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 past 25 years, Dr. Juliet Getty has worked with thousands of horse owners to address their concerns. Each horse is an individual and Dr. Getty takes great care to approach the horse's care from a holistic perspective -- evaluating the big picture: history, medical treatments, feeding, exercise, environment, as well as his mental state, taking all aspects of the horse's life into consideration. Over the years, she has encountered concerns ranging from how to begin with a new horse, to promoting a healthful pregnancy, to helping a foal grow properly, as well as allowing your older horse to grow old gracefully. Feeding the insulin resistant horse, slowing down the progression of equine Cushing's disease, 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) – these are all situations that Dr. Getty has handled with excellent results.
To make this information readily available to all horse owners, Dr. Getty is now working on a new book, a companion to Feed Your Horse Like a Horse, that will include additional research and expanded coverage of the horse care concerns most frequently voiced during her 25+ years in the field. So for the next few months, Dr. Getty will be doing a limited number of consultations. Preference will be offered to existing clients, however, she will keep open a few slots for new clients. Keep in mind that appointments will typically be two to three months out.
Meanwhile, Dr. Getty shares her knowledge and experience in various ways:
-- You'll find a wealth of information available on the Getty Equine Nutrition homepage, including links to a searchable form, recorded teleseminars and interviews, and a growing library of articles and tips.
-- Sign up for the free bi-monthly e-news, Forage for Thought. Each issue covers one or more topics in depth.
-- Want more? Pick up a copy of her comprehensive reference book, Feed Your Horse Like A Horse, which provides answers to many of the real world issues you face every day in taking care of your horses.
-- Or focus on specific issues in Dr. Getty’s “Spotlight on Equine Nutrition” book series.
First and foremost, it is important that you grasp importance of keeping forage (hay and/or pasture) flowing through the digestive tract at all time.
This is the very foundation of your horse's health and must be met before any other feeding plan can be implemented. You will find a variety of articles on free-choice feeding and dealing with obesity (if this is a concern for your horse) in Dr. Getty's Library, which you are encouraged to read before any others:
Bring Back the Horse's Instincts: http://gettyequinenutrition.biz/library/bringbackthehorsesinstincts.htm The recorded audio is also available: http://bringbackthehorsesinstincts.mp3
Free Choice Forage Feeding - Beyond the Basics: http://gettyequinenutrition.biz/library/freechoiceforagefeedingbeyondthebasics.htm
Restricting Forage is Incredibly Stressful: http://gettyequinenutrition.biz/library/restrictingforageisincrediblystressful.htm
Calling All Healthy Horses! What is your secret?: http://gettyequinenutrition.biz/library/callingallhealthyhorses.htm
The Correct Way to Use Slow Feeders: http://gettyequinenutrition.biz/library/thecorrectwaytouseslowfeeders.htm
The Overweight Horse Who Won't Stop Eating - Leptin Resistance is the Key!: http://gettyequinenutrition.biz/library/theoverweighthorsewhowontstopeating.htm
Obesity. The Real Cause. The Real Fix.: http://gettyequinenutrition.biz/library/obesity.therealcause.therealfix.htm
Can the Damaged Insulin Resistant Horse be Fixed?: http://gettyequinenutrition.biz/library/canthedamagedinsulinresistanthorsebefixed.htm
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 email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone is 214-257-0505. Please be aware that consultation appointments will be preferentially offered to existing clients while Dr. Getty is writing her new book. However, a few appointments will be available for new clients. Consultations are only on Tuesdays.
Her fee is very reasonable: $190 per hour, prorated based on the actual amount of time you need. Most first visits take one to 1 1/2 hours, depending on your horse's circumstances. For groups of horses, more than one visit may be required. You will be asked for a credit/debit card prior to visiting. Follow-up visits are also $190/hour, though they generally take less time and the fee will be prorated to reflect the actual amount of time visiting.
Dr. Getty spends as much time with you as needed to get all your questions answered, and customize a plan that meets your needs as well as the horse's. Certainly, the horse's health and welfare are primary goals but often there is more than one way to accomplish these goals. This is why Dr. Getty works with you to set up a plan that fits in with your lifestyle, budget, and time constraints.
Your entire consultation may encompass:
If you need to cancel, please provide 24 hours in advance. A $50 fee will be charged for not cancelling an appointment.
For INTERNATIONAL consultations, the fee is the same if you are able to call Dr. Getty or visit via Skype, Facebook, or email. Please contact Dr. Getty for the best venue: email@example.com
Frequently asked questions:
Q: Do I have to pay for long distance charges for phone visits?
A: Not within the U.S. or Canada. Dr. Getty will call you and there are no phone charges involved
Q: What if I live outside of the U.S.?
A: The call is free within Canada. Calls to other international locations will incur an additional $15/hour or you can call her to save additional phone charges. Or you can call her and no additional charges will be incurred.
**Q: Can we visit via email instead of over the phone?
A. Email consultations are discouraged because it is difficult to have a conversation about your horse. Additionally, they usually take more time, making them more expensive.
Q: How do I pay for this service?
A: Dr. Getty will ask that you keep a credit or debit card on file since the amount of charge will be based on the amount of time she devotes to your horse's plan. She will always discuss the final charge with you before actually charging your card.
Q: Can we talk more than an hour?
A: Yes. Most consultations last between one and 1 1/2 hours. The amount of time spent on the phone varies with the complexity of the situation.
Q: Do I have control over what we talk about?
A: Of course! This is your time and you direct the conversation to meet your needs.
Q: Can I receive a prescription, if needed?
A: 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?
A: Dr. Getty asks that you email in advance a list of everything you are feeding, including supplements and medications. If you can provide the website links to these products, she can look them over before calling you. Also, if you have any recent blood work test results or hay analyses, please email or fax those to her ahead of time (FAX: 214-257-0578).
Q: Can we visit more than once? Will there be an additional fee?
A: Generally, Dr. Getty can answer brief additional questions you may have through email, at no charge. If the question requires more than 10 minutes, however, you can choose to set up follow-up appointment, which usually is far shorter than the original consultation. The same hourly rate applies.
Q: Will I receive specific information about what to feed and how much to feed?
A: 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?
A: 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 taught comparative nutrition for 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 Lewisville, Texas where she consults with horse owners throughout the world, and writes for national and international publications. Dr. Getty offers informative speaking presentations, teleseminars, and webinars. Her comprehensive reference book, Feed Your Horse Like A Horse continues to be a popular resource, offering a vast array of information for all horse owners, from the first time owner to the most seasoned professional. More detailed information about specific topics can be found in her topic-focused Spotlight on Equine Nutrition Series.
Q: May I ask questions about any condition or is she specialized?
A: Feel free to address any condition or stage of life. Dr. Getty has successfully treated the most difficult cases of laminitis, colic, weight problems, lameness issues, 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.
Q: Does Dr. Getty work with donkeys and miniature horses?
A: Yes, she encourages you to contact her with your concerns about donkeys, mules, and minis.