Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman
Oops, sorry....I should have explained.
IR is similar to type II diabetes in humans. Certain breeds are predisposed, ponies, Arabs, for example, the famous easy keepers in general. Once overloaded with sugars means high risk for laminitis/founder.
NSC's you want as low as possible for an IR horse, around 11% for all feed given.
As examples: oats:44%, corn 73%, the average pelleted feed anywhere from 11-35%, Omolene a whopping 40%. Grass hay 13%, alfalfa 11%, grain hays 20-22%.
Grass as in pasture is even trickier, after a cold night on a sunny day super high, stressed grass very high, short, drought.
It doesn't help that man is planting grass for production, I.e. Milk or meat. Hence my wish for natural pasture.....
You may want to research this as many of the things you are talking about I have seen addressed in some of the stuff I have been reading. It may be the answer. The studies I have been reading online are indicating an almost elimination of founder, colic and other metabolic disorders and hoof disorders. If not it is interesting to know. It is sure intriguing to be able to not be tied to the hay market...