Originally Posted by dashygirl
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.
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.