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post #1 of 10 Old 02-20-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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low starch feeds??

What is a low starch feed? And what are good brands/products of feed that are low starch? thanks!!

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-20-2012, 10:31 PM
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Purina's Wellsolve L/S is very good. I had my older gelding on it for a while. I switched because I wanted all my horses on the same diet, so I switched to a concentrated feed called Barn Bag for Performance horses by Life Data Labs, inc and mix it with either whole oats or beet pulp (less sugar than oats). I feed about a cup and depending on the energy needs, the oats or beet pulp may vary. Of course, my horses are on pasture 24/7. Very happy I switched and the nutritionist I spoke with at Life Data was very helpful.
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-20-2012, 10:34 PM
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I like Blue Seal Sentinel's low starch feed. Bigger nugget so it was easier for the horse's with bad teeth to eat.

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post #4 of 10 Old 02-21-2012, 04:38 PM
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Anything below 18% starch is considered low starch I have been told. I have two Grand Prix dressage horses and one Int. 1 horse on Progressive HF and the results are HUGE!!! They are leaner, have better energy, longer staying power. There is not one area that I am not happy with. Also, lower lactic acid in the hind gut. I have a very good friend who is a very successful Open jumper and he too feeds high fat.
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post #5 of 10 Old 02-26-2012, 02:56 AM
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Many 'complete' type feeds call themselves 'low starch' or 'controlled starch' but are unfortunately far from it, having substantial amounts of grain, molasses, etc. Grain/molasses free forages are generally considered low starch, though 'improved' pastures such as rye grass are also high.
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-26-2012, 09:03 PM
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Nutrena Safe Choice is a low starch feed and my mare does well on it along with a vitamin supplement, but there more out so you may want to do some research before deciding what is best for your horse.
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thanks for your info :)

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post #8 of 10 Old 02-27-2012, 06:44 PM
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I feed my guy Blueseal Carb Guard. No molasses or corn. Made from beat pulp and alfalfa. Its pretty low in starch and sugar. I've had amazing results with this feed as he gets hot on corn and molasses.
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-27-2012, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by karebear444 View Post
Nutrena Safe Choice is a low starch feed
I think this is one case in point re my last comment. That feed is around 26% NSC, which I would NOT class as low - something under 12% is low in my book, based on nutritionist's advice, but they can say that because it's a subjective term - SC is lower than many other more 'junky' feeds on the market. Without analysis though, 'low starch' on a lable or ad means nothing more to me than 'lite' or '85% fat free' or other marketing ploys do on human food.
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-27-2012, 07:56 PM
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I like triple crown senior a whole lot, according to their website it's 11% NSC
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