Molasses? when to use it?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Horse Nutrition

Molasses? when to use it?

This is a discussion on Molasses? when to use it? within the Horse Nutrition forums, part of the Horse Health category
  • Milassis in horse food
  • Horses and molasses

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-29-2013, 12:56 PM
  #1
Foal
Molasses? when to use it?

Hi, I have a 14.2hh Norweigian Fjord horse and I am wondering wether to add molasses in his feed.

He has no danger of getting laminitis (I know all horses can get laminitis but its very unlikely that he will). He is a fussy eater so I thought molasses might help him eat his food better as it would taste nice, also I know its high in energy but that wouldn't be a problem because he is the least excitable horse I know!

Just wondering if theres anything I should know first.

(just in case this helps)
His feed:

1 scoop of pasture mix
1 scoop of apple chaff
Various supplements
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    09-29-2013, 01:17 PM
  #2
Started
I only use molasses sparingly if I am trying to cover something up...like medication.
I don't know what pasture mix or apple chaff is. Maybe some of the supplements taste bad. Does he really need all the supplements he is getting? Often I think we sometimes over-supplement because something sounds like a good idea.
How old is the horse and what is his exercise routine?
We have an older mare who does not care for the joint supplement so I slightly dampen her ration so she can't sift it out and down the hatch it goes.
     
    09-29-2013, 01:39 PM
  #3
Foal
He is 9 years old but he has 3 supplements. One is a general vitamin and mineral supplement, one is a tendon and ligament supplement (he had an injury a few years ago that i'm trying to stay on top of) and he also has linseed oil as he is prone to getting a really dull coat. I live in the UK so we probably have different feeds here. Pasture mix is like a mixed grain sort of thing with a bit of everything in it, sutible for everyday purposes. Apple chaff is wheat straw that is cut finely and it has apple essence to temp fussy feeders.

His exercise routine isn't too vigorous. I ride him about 4-5 times a week for an hour x
     
    09-29-2013, 01:41 PM
  #4
Weanling
I would not use molasses as a regular feed. No horse needs that much extra sugar, even if they are not prone to laminitis. It can cause other digestive and behavioral problems. You wouldn't give your child twinkies for lunch just because he's calm and not overweight.
You could soak your feed, maybe? Or try to find feed he likes better? A lot of horses really enjoy alfalfa, and it's easy to find it in pelleted form. One of my horses hates beet pulp, but the other really really likes it soaked in hot water. There's got to be something common that he would like. Also, most ponies don't need the calories of extra feed, so maybe all you need is a way to get him to eat the supplements. Most have a pelleted version, and I have found those are much easier to feed. They are pretty easy to disguise in some alfalfa pellets. If he needs more calories and he's a picky eater, there are some herbs like fenugreek that are supposed to smell really appetizing to horses that you could put in some feed. A higher quality or higher quantity of hay would probably put weight on just as well, though.
     
    09-29-2013, 01:43 PM
  #5
Foal
Thankyou for the advice x
     
    09-29-2013, 01:49 PM
  #6
Weanling
Maybe adding a dash of unsweetened applesauce? I definitely second Viranh's post :)
     
    09-29-2013, 01:50 PM
  #7
Started
I use a couple tablespoons of molasses on the bottom of my guy's bucket every day so that he'll eat his vit/min supplement. I wouldn't feed buckets of the stuff, but I figure that a couple tablespoons even of 100% straight sugar is pretty much nothing for a 1050lb horse, unless they were extremely sensitive (IR, Cushinoid and the like), and even then I'm not sure it would be enough by itself to cause an issue. JMO.
     
    09-29-2013, 01:56 PM
  #8
Trained
What other choices of feeds do you have in UK? It's pretty hard for us in the US to give a recommendation without knowing what you might have available to you instead of the molasses. I wouldn't necessarily like the idea of adding molasses to feed for instance, and would prefer to use alfalfa, but since I can't feed local alfalfa might have to use the molasses because of not being able to get something he liked better. I'm not in the "ALL sugar is bad" camp but prefer not to feed too much.
     
    09-29-2013, 02:02 PM
  #9
Foal
There are 3 types of feed in the uk, chaff, nuts and mixes. Chaff is wheat straw and you can get different kinds/flavours of chaff too. Usually fed as bulk feed. Pony/horse nuts are basically pellets. And mixes are just a bit of everything, like you can get racehorse mix, competition mix, non-heating mix, pasture (general) mix, e.t.c i'm not talking about feeding my horse a gallon a day but I was thinking I could use 1-2 tablespoons just to sweeten it a bit to help him.

Thanks for all the comments I understand everyones point of view, just wanted some more opinions as i'm not an expert on horse nutrition. Thanks x
     
    09-29-2013, 03:33 PM
  #10
Super Moderator
See if you can get St. Hippolyt feed in your area. I've yet to see a horse who doesn't like it. It's molasses-free, but has apples and herbs for flavors. Wish I could get it here. I also would scratch the chaff and rather give more hay or a grass pellet or a lucerne chaff.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is it ok to give a horse molasses WhyAHorseOfCourse Horse Nutrition 6 07-13-2013 05:58 PM
Molasses kind of... Burst? Fisher761 New to Horses 4 07-11-2013 12:42 AM
Molasses-How much? Please help! horsesroqke Horse Health 37 08-12-2010 10:30 AM
Allergic to Molasses AND Soy beans!!! Hoofprints in the Sand Horse Nutrition 5 04-20-2010 10:53 PM
Monday Morning Molasses...Cookies!! GracieNHopie Horse Talk 8 09-22-2008 06:28 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:17 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0