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  • Is molasses hard to digest
  • Does blackstrap molasses give horse a sugar high?

 
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    08-09-2010, 12:23 AM
  #11
Trained
Because it is an old fashioned feed additive. New research is showing how much damage high sugar and high starch diets are doing to our horses - So now we know to avoid it.
     
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    08-09-2010, 12:40 AM
  #12
Green Broke
You have to teach a horse to accept dewormers. None of them taste good... It's up to you to MAKE your horse take it and deal with it. Shots don't feel good and aren't fun, yet most horses stand for them well. A horse has to be trained to take shots too.

"They" sell lots of things that aren't good for horses. You don't have to use it up, sell it to someone else or throw it away.
     
    08-09-2010, 12:42 AM
  #13
Weanling
I have been strongly advised to keep giving it to her in moderation. After research, it's very high in vita b, potassium, and helps re grow bald spots which she has a lot of. Yes, it is sugary, but in moderation doesn't hurt your horse. Its only about 55% sugar. Also sugar in little amounts is good for the horses digestive system. Even 2 tbsp twice a week for her coat etc, I will give it to her only about 3-4 times a week. BY the way it is Blackstrap Molasses
     
    08-09-2010, 12:54 AM
  #14
Green Broke
Why do people in Oz like to recommend odd feed additives at infrequent intervals? It doesn't make any sense to me. Someone else from Aus said she and all her friends gave their horses raw eggs twice a week... UGH! What kind of horse advice are you guys getting down there? It all sounds quite ridiculous...

Sugar is NOT good for a horse's digestive system! They get plenty of natural sugar in their hay and grass. Refined sugar and molasses is not something a horse's system is made to digest, no matter what kind of molasses it is.

Also, feeding something in small quantities infrequently isn't going to do any good. If you want a healthy horse, feed the horse as close to "natural" as possible. This mean good grazing, good hay, and a balanced/complete "feed" that contains as little grains and sugars as possible. I like to use alfalfa (lucerne) pellets or chaff with a complete vit/min and a little flax (linseed) meal.

If your horse has "bald spots", then there are holes in its diet. He could be lacking in copper, selenium, B-12, E, etc. Or he could have too much selenium, iron, maganese, etc. Adding things willy-nilly is not likely to fix these imbalances.
     
    08-09-2010, 12:54 AM
  #15
Trained
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Yes, it is sugary, but in moderation doesn't hurt your horse. Its only about 55% sugar. Also sugar in little amounts is good for the horses digestive system.
That's funny - My horse who ties up is on a completely grain and sugar free diet, and one teaspoon sets him off.

It's your choice wether to feed it or not, but it is NOT good for horses, and the slight nutritional value it may have can easily be made up by feeding a good vit/min supplement.
     
    08-09-2010, 12:56 AM
  #16
Trained
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Why do people in Oz like to recommend odd feed additives at infrequent intervals? It doesn't make any sense to me. Someone else from Aus said she and all her friends gave their horses raw eggs twice a week... UGH! What kind of horse advice are you guys getting down there? It all sounds quite ridiculous...
Hey, don't tar us all with the same brush - I could say the same about Americans who all stall their horses for ridiculous amounts of time :]

There are good and bad in any country - But trust me, there are some good poeple here :]
     
    08-09-2010, 12:57 AM
  #17
Green Broke
^^ Good to know not all Australians feed wierd things, lol. My TB x Arab gets "high" on the natural sugars in oats. Just 1 lb a day is enough to make him hyper and hard to handle...
     
    08-09-2010, 12:58 AM
  #18
Green Broke
Ha, we're posting at the same time! Lol I don't stall my horses either. I never have understood our love for barns... I think it was a tradition that came with us when most of us immigrated from England and colder parts or Europe.
     
    08-09-2010, 01:08 AM
  #19
Trained
^ Lol, and our wacky advice comes from old farmers who pass on what their dad's dad used to do and refuse to listen to current research. I know because my dad is a farmer and I still don't think he quite believes me when I say that the old sweet feed we used was creating most of Bundy's issues - And he refuses to let our horses get to a healthy weight before feeding them up again!
     
    08-09-2010, 01:36 AM
  #20
Trained
Well I'm not going to join in on the health crazed debate here, but will just say that I would think that the amounts of vit./mineral in the molasses is probably fairly minimal, so feeding it every other day, most likely won't do much good. If she needs more minerals, I would strongly suggest getting a free choice mineral that you can put in her paddock with her. If you are feeding the molasses in order to get her to eat something, I honestly see nothing wrong with it...especially if she is getting such a small amount. Just moniter how she acts on it, and if she seems out of sorts, or hyped up, you may want to cut it out.
     

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