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post #11 of 13 Old 10-01-2009, 01:33 AM
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It definitely wouldn't be an issue if you'd give it to them every now and again.
Sorry to be a wet blanket -probably as a hcp I see all the problems:roll: - but 'definitely' is definitely not the case. "Generally' I don't think it's problematic in very small quantities, but I would be cautious of giving an insuline resistant or cushings or otherwise lami prone horse any 'sugar spikes'. Even a small boost can cause probs for some. Especially any feed that is indigestible in the horse's stomach, which is more problematic for the hind gut.

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We still mix in some cracked corn with their complete/sweet mix. When you get into the northern areas, a little extra fat sure helps,
Corn is not fat. It's sugar & starch. Even cracked or further processed it is not very digestible to horses. If they need to put on some extra weight, there are better, healthier alternatives to corn & sweet grainy 'junk' foods.
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post #12 of 13 Old 10-01-2009, 09:36 AM
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You're right, corn is not fat, but it does contain corn oils, and sugars that don't get burned do turn into fat. Same as with people. If any of the horses had a sensitivity, they would not get it. And, yes, there are healthier alternatives, but not all are readily available in all areas, and many times when they are it is too expensive - so, the old fashioned standby, although not perfect, does work.

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post #13 of 13 Old 10-02-2009, 08:20 AM
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You're right, corn is not fat, but it does contain corn oils, and sugars that don't get burned do turn into fat. Same as with people. If any of the horses had a sensitivity, they would not get it. And, yes, there are healthier alternatives, but not all are readily available in all areas, and many times when they are it is too expensive - so, the old fashioned standby, although not perfect, does work.
we feed it the same as you do for the same reason. Its worked great
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