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April 20, 2016

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What Goes In The Bucket?

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

Dr. Mark gets asked all the time about his feeding protocol.  He spends a lot of time educating owners on the risks of feeding high sugar diets and/or soy to their horses.  Simple changes, like eliminating these ingredients in a horse’s diet, can make a drastic difference in the overall health of your horse.  There is more about what not to feed in the Nutrition Article in our Health Library.  This post is about what to feed your horse.


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  1. Oct 27 2016

    My feed store put whole soy beans in a mixed horse feed they had I told them I didn’t want that in my feed and they told me a lot of horse feeds have whole soy in horse feeds the owner came out of the office and shook his finger at me when he said that. I was told years ago the whole soy among other things was a sure way to cause colic

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    • Great job standing up to them. Yes, a lot of feed contains soy these days. It is cheap, most is in the form of hulls or other by-products from human consumed feed. It is not nutritious or healthy for your horse to eat soy. Thanks!

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  2. Tammy ward
    Oct 29 2016

    I feed my horses complete pellet senior feed high fat and canola oil everyday at the same time of day is this not a good combination to be feeding I’ve been feeding the same ration for years or should I be changing there feed look forward to your reply Thank you Tammy

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  3. Tammy ward
    Oct 29 2016

    I feed my horses complete pellet senior feed high fat and canola oil everyday at the same time of day is this not a good combination to be feeding I’ve been feeding the same ration for years or should I be changing there feed look forward to your reply Thank you Tammy also ground flax Thank you

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    • Hi Tammy, please look at the label. If the senior feed has molasses or soy then yes Dr. DePaolo recommends changing the feed. Thanks!

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  4. Jenny Riley
    Nov 20 2016

    I have a senior mare that can no longer eat hay. I have been feeding her soaked Triple Crown senior and alfalfa pellets but am interested in getting her off the senior feed and giving her beet pulp, rice bran, and alfalfa pellets. I am not sure how much (how many pounds per day) of each she should be getting, though. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    • Hi Jenny,
      I have forwarded your question on to Dr. DePaolo and when he gets back to me I’ll post the response. Thank you!

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      • Hi Again Jenny,
        This is Dr. DePaolo’s recommendation for you…
        If your mare can eat hay cubes, you should give her the same amount of Grass/Alfalfa Hay Cubes as she used to get in hay per day which should be around 2% of her body weight per day. A thousand pound horse would eat around 20 pounds of hay cubes daily, on a dry matter basis. If she can’t eat cubes then you should feed her that same amount in pelleted feed. Because both pellets and cubes are low on the glycemic index, you can feed as much as you need to maintain a good weight. It is basically the same as feeding hay. If she needs to gain weight, you can slowly introduce some fat into her diet by adding rice bran, flax or coconut meal a few times per day. Be careful not to feed more than 2 pounds of fat at any one feeding. Horses don’t have a gall bladder so they can’t store any digestive enzymes.

        Sincerely,
        Mark DePaolo, DVM

  5. ccj
    Mar 26 2017

    TC senior seems to smell like it has some sweet in it yet its billed as low sugar. How is it possible to have some sweet in the feed and it be low NSC as label claims?

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    • Some feeds just use a flavor (maple or anise) which smells “sweet” but doesn’t contain the sugar of molasses. It is an extract similar to vanilla extract used in cooking. Make sure to read the ingredient list and you can probably spot the ingredient.

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