Originally Posted by horsesroqke
Why do they sell it in bulk lots if its no good?
Just wondering, and we've brought it now, so i'll just have to use it up
It is actually higher in b vitamins than much else that's in it, but still pretty low. There are also many other healthier options if your horse needs b vitamins. If you want to learn more about balancing the horse's diet & healthy feeding, feedXL.com is a great service.
Depending on the horse, her weight, susceptibility to IR & lami(do you know about that?) it *may* be safe to give her a dollop on occasions as a treat, but as a hcp, I agree with others that it is not a healthy thing to feed a horse. Diets rich in sugar & starch do pretty much the same as this sort of junkfood diet does for people. Diabetic people also often develop bad nails, but horses have to walk on theirs, so the hooves becoming disconnected can become a huge problem, which is largely avoidable by ensuring horses are only fed healthy, low grade diets.
How can you use it up...??
You can use it yourself, in cooking - it's great as an alternative to sugar when making gingerbread or fruit cakes or bread(particularly yummy in rye bread I reckon. It can be used in beer making, to make liquorice, candy, added to tea or fruit smoothies instead of honey.
It is effective at removing surface rust from tools. If you have a rasp or such which has got a bit rusty, drop it in the bucket for a few days, then scrub it with a wire brush before oiling it.
It is a good organic fertiliser for your garden. It is also good in compost, to break down material, particularly fish & bone. It is used to aid mushroom spawning and (apparently!) marijuana flowering.
Used as a hair tonic to darken hair. Supposedly treatment for baldness - rub it in your scalp. A worm treatment when mixed with gunpowder
or cabbage.... not sure which of those I'd prefer to try
Used to stop noisy fan belts. Used to attract bears
. As a fuel for cars, a binding agent for coal. An additive for anti-icing to make the product stick to the road. It is used in cement, bricks and plastic.
There are many more uses(some dubious like the worm treatment above!), so it won't be wasted!