Back to the basics on feeding.
Hi everyone there has been some posts about not feeding sweet feed | have read that it is not a good feed. Am I getting the wrong idea everybody that I asked about feeding said it was fine .Have I been misled? If I change his diet will it improve his overall health?(coat too)
Right now I feeding...
Otter Co- Op Sweet feed 12%, Sure crop oats, 2 table spoons of paprika and 8 ounces of canola oil. I have some thing called Pro Choice I dont know what the heck it is but I am not feeding.
Is this bad for him ?
What should I change?:D
Plenty of horses do just fine on sweet feed. However, research is showing that it isn't the best diet for horses - It is similar to feeding a child junk food. Horses are not built to digest high amounts of sugars and starches.
I have recently swapped to a no-grain diet for all my horses - And I do think they are healthier overall. At the moment i'm not feeding but they have free choice mineral blocks and iodised salt licks.
When I do feed, i'm using Speedi-Beet, white chaff and Copra for energy and oils. All of these feeds are low in NSC's (Non-structural Carbohydrates) Which have been linked to laminitis, insulin resistance, EPSM, tying up, etc.
If you want to change to a low NSC diet, you can try things like Micronized lupins, soybean hulls, etc. to replace grain - Speedi-Beet is a good bulk feed (smilar to forage) - Oils are a good way to add energy and good fats to the diet. I use Copra for this as it is high in coconut oils.
I just feed hay to my horses. I feed sweet feed if I am riding really hard only on the days I ride and only to the horse I am riding. 99% of horses are overfed for the work they are doing.
A good place to learn about it is www.safergrass.org I still haven't gone into reading a lot on that site so I kinda feel like a hypocrite for reccomending it. But lots of experts suggest spending much time learning about nutrition for horses and such. I've been thinking of ordering the videos to learn about it. But.....haven't yet.
Another thing you can notice from horses that have a crappy diet grow rings around the hoof wall.
So basically I agree with what has been said about removing sweet feed and grains and such. And feeding low NSC feeds.
It's like this. You CAN eat and live on processed foods and crap like it. But..., you WILL eventually end up with a chronic health problem or cancer or no immune system and such. But it's not really designed for the body. So I wouldn't reccomend it. "rant, rant, rant" LOL:wink:
^ Exactly. The reason we don't see a lot of the ill-effects of a sweet feed diet in horses is because they don't live long enough for it to have the same impact as junk food has on people.
A lot of horses do fine, it is true, on sweet feed, but I feel certain - based on my own experience - that ALL horses will do better without it.
I have fed it, and I no longer do.
I find you can feed less of the non sweet feed type feeds and get a better condition, and I've had some horses that just looked like death on it, and when
I changed the feed, their condition changed only for the better, but also,
most horses do best on an all hay diet it the hay is good quality and they are lightly worked only.
Okay the last thing I want to do is harm my horse. In the summer spring and fall he is worked hard thats why I thought he would need grain of some kind. Should I start researching a new grain now and then start in the spring?
Oh and what kind of feeds do you give?
If you want to go no grain there are plenty of feeds that supply energy without grain. I use Copra - A coconut meal. It is high in coconut oils so provides energy and fats in a good form - Plus you can soak it so it helps with hydration onhot days.
Other, healthier options than grain are soybean hulls or micronized lupins.
I have never really like sweet feed just because if is called SWEET so I kind of think of it as feeding candy to my horses.
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