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post #1 of 3 Old 06-10-2011, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Protein v NSC and "Hot Horses"

Hey everyone!

So, I've heard several people voice different opinions about what makes a horse "hot". Disclaimer: I fully believe that too much of nearly anything can cause an unused build up of energy that can be "spent" by any horse in a manner we could consider "hot" behavior. I've recently been discussing feed options with a boarder and started pondering this...

The calories from protein and sugars and starches are used differently by a horse, and stored differently. From research (and NOT wikepedia research, but university research articles, etc) and personal experience, I believe that you definitely get "hot" from high NSC feeds, particularly if you have a naturally high-strung horse. If you feed a naturally high-strung horse a feed higher in proteins/fats and lower in sugars and starches, you will have a well-fed, less hot horse.

I have repeatedly found that controlling sugars and starches is the key to decreasing the "food impact" on a horse's behavior. Proteins add energy, of course, but does not store in the body the same as sugars and starches. For more calories but less "heat", I like to add fat to the diet of horses prone to being high-strung.

I'm sure this topic has been previously discussed at length elsewhere, but just thought I'd ask this specific question:

Just out of curiosity, what is your opinion regarding this? Please share where you got your information (research, experience, trainer, trusted confident, veterinarian, etc...).
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-10-2011, 12:10 PM
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I agree and this has been supported for me through research I've done before selecting my current rb. And of course, from experience and support from my vet.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-10-2011, 04:18 PM
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I am 100% sure of this. My 3yo and only TB are my problem children and harder keepers. I have been experimenting and when fed high protien high fat, they are level headed individuals. I accidently got them a 10-10-10 feed once that I did not realize was a sweet feed till after I had it home puring it into the bin. I had two roving idiots till that feed was all fed out. It was noticable. We are back on the high protien feed and are back to normal.
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