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September 9, 2016


Two things to NEVER feed your horse

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

These two things might surprise you as many people feed both of these ingredients to their horses every single day.  The negative side-effects can be detrimental to your horse’s health and wellbeing.  Take a minute and read the label on your horse’s feed.  The information may surprise you.  


pelletsAll of our product labels say DO NOT FEED WITH SWEET FEED.  This is simply for the health of your horse.  A ‘sweet feed’ is anything containing molasses, which is added to make poor quality ingredients look, smell and taste more appetizing.

High sugar feeds not only change the stomach pH causing ulcers, but can also pass into the intestines undigested, which can lead to colon and hindgut acidosis.  It is best to use a feed that is low on the glycemic index chart.  This will help to prevent health issues such as Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (EPSM), Monday Morning Disease, tying-up and body soreness.


soyWhy is there soy in horse feed? Soy is a cheap form of protein.  It is highly estrogenic so it should never be fed to horses with any type of metabolic disorder like Hypothyroidism, Insulin Resistance or Cushing’s Syndrome.

99.9% percent of soy is genetically modified to be Round-Up Ready. Glyphosate, one of the active ingredients, is the leading cause of leaky gut syndrome in horses. Leaky gut syndrome can cause allergies, diarrhea, mal-absorption syndrome, colic and irritable bowel syndrome.

To learn what Dr. DePaolo recommends feeding, read What Goes In The Bucket?

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. eddie
    Oct 27 2016

    can you post any links to research that shows that ”Glyphosate, one of the active ingredients, is the leading cause of leaky gut ”

    • There have been several studies and articles written on the human correlation between glyphosate and leaky gut which you can google. If it happens in humans it is Dr. DePaolo’s belief that it most likely happens in horses too.

  2. Oct 27 2016

    So, I shouldn’t be feeding crimped oats w molasses? Or are you saying not to add molasses ourselves? I don’t mean to sound stupid but I must be. Also, don’t most equine senior feeds have molasses in them? I’m not arguing at all. I’m just wondering why it would ever be added if it’s not good for them. Please help me out. Thanks!

    • You are correct that most feeds have molasses which is just sugar. There are no nutritional benefits for your horse. The owners enjoy the smell which makes them buy it for their horses. The horses eat it up just as a child will eat a Hershey bar. If the horse eats it, the owner buys more, the feed company makes lots of money! Both molasses and oats are high on the glycemic index and Dr. DePaolo recommends feeding a lower GI diet such as rice bran, beet pulp, alfalfa or grass pellets and a good quality vitamin an mineral supplement.

  3. Carol McCoag
    Oct 28 2016

    I stopped feeding sweet feed years ago and have never fed soy although didn’t know how harmful it was

  4. Mia
    Nov 5 2016

    I feed Agnus Castus. Can a chromium supplement be added to it?

    • Yes, Agnus Castus (or Chaste Tree Powder) is very good for endocrine support. You can add in chromium but also be sure your horse is getting a source of complete vitamin and minerals.


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