Sweet feed?

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View Poll Results: Do you use sweet feed
yes absolutly 5 22.73%
NO! 12 54.55%
somedays 5 22.73%
Voters: 22. You may not vote on this poll

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    09-29-2012, 01:03 AM
Green Broke
Exclamation Sweet feed?

Mmm.. I've read some threads on here.. some good mostly bad posts about sweet feed. My dad used to buy sweet feed all them time.. and we still do ( for our cows) why do people say its not good for horses?

Id appreciate the answers

Is it because of the molases.. or something?

EDIT: I added a poll so that people could see how many people still ARE and how many ARE NOT using I anymore:) thanks
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    09-29-2012, 01:28 AM
Green Broke
Sweet feed is not the best feed to use. Some have high amounts of molasses but some have hardly any. I think the second worse part is the grain. Unless it is cracked open or the horse does a good job of grinding it up, it doesn't get digested.

We feed it in beet pulp just to add flavor to the beet pulp and more of a treat than actual feed. We only feed the beet pulp in the fall and winter. So my vote was somedays.

The feed we use has mineral pellets in it but not all sweet feed has them.
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    09-29-2012, 10:45 AM
My dad's co-worker gave us half a bag after he unsuccessfully tried to make moonshine with it (yeah, I don't even know) so I'll give Arrow a handful or scoop as a treat infrequently, so I voted "sometimes". It's not my main feed because if it was, he would be about 20x more round than he is right now
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    09-29-2012, 10:50 AM
I feed it every day that I ride, so usually one day on, one day off. But I don't give him alot only one cup full to go with the beet pulp and bran and flax. Most people don't like to feed it to their horses because it has alot of sugar... and sugar equals energy.
    09-29-2012, 11:16 AM
Would you mind defining what you mean by sweet feed please? Is that a Brand Name, or a generic description?

Thanks - i'vebeen wondering this for a while.
    09-29-2012, 11:45 AM
Green Broke
At it's basic definition, sweet feed is a feed that has been sweetened with molasses to improve its palatability. Most sweet feeds (that I've seen at least) also have high concentrations of corn and other grains, which make it very high in sugar/starch (NSC).

I don't feed sweet feed for several reasons. Besides being high NSC, the feeding directions are usually for a very large amount (6+ lbs per day). Horses' stomachs aren't designed for large, infrequent meals or high NSC feeds, both of which are known to cause stomach ulcers, hindgut acidosis, and colonic ulcers. And then, because it's fed in such a large quantity you end up hauling around a ton of bags (a single horse can go through a 50 lb bag in a week easily). It's often more expensive than feeding a higher quality pelleted grain, as well; even though it's cheaper per bag, you will likely have to buy more bags in the same time period.

I'll admit I haven't spent a lot of time comparing sweet feed tags, but they always seem to have only the bare minimum nutrients listed. Will this sweet feed supply enough lysine for a horse's diet? Unless you get it analyzed yourself, you have no way of knowing. There are some exceptions (I know Triple Crown makes sweet feed formulations and has a more thorough guaranteed analysis) but I think that's the exception, rather than the rule. Many sweet feeds don't offer a lot of nutrition- they're kind of like living off fast food. You might do OK and you might even be at an OK weight, but you could certainly be healthier.

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