by Lynda M. Vanden Elzen
Nearly every day, we receive a call from someone looking for low sugar hay for their sugar-sensitive horse. Reasons for sugar-sensitivity in horses are varied, but the most common calls we receive are on behalf of horses who:
- have Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS);
- have Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID – commonly called “Equine Cushings”);
- have foundered, currently or in the past; or
- tend to be easy keepers / overweight.
Not every horse requires or will even benefit from eating a low sugar diet. Growing horses, harder keepers, hardworking horses, and horses who are just generally not sugar-sensitive can benefit from a reasonable level of carbohydrates in their diets. NSC values of up ot 18% on a dry matter basis can be (more…)