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If you have a horse that has been diagnosed with a form of equine metabolic disease, you will need to limit your horse to a ‘low’ controlled starch and sugar diet….which includes forage (hay and pasture).
Like a celebrity on a downward spiral, starch has been getting a lot of press in the last few years…and most of it negative.Here is the formula to use: Applied to our example scenario, here’s how the math works out: Feed A: 7% starch x 6 pounds fed x 454 = 190.68 grams of starch per day.Feed B: 11% x 2.5 pounds of feed x 454 = 124.85 grams of starch per day. Not only is the 11% starch feed actually lower in grams of starch per day than the 7% product, the difference is actually rather significant given how different the percentages were.It is important to keep in mind that it all comes down to what your horse actually ingests, so understanding the recommended feeding rate in pounds and then weighing your feed to hit that mark is what will make the difference.
It’s also important to understand that horses who do not experience a form of EMS have a higher tolerance for starches and sugar in their diet…and in fact, the performance horse will actually need those nutrients to support their activity levels.You might be surprised to find out that a bit of math is required.