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Recently there has been an explosion of low starch feeds and low sugar forages on the market, and horse owners are bombarded with a ‘lower is better’ message. We will help demystify the starch/sugar message and provide examples of how much sugar is in common feed stuffs (ie comparing lucerne to grass hay, oats to barley etc).

We will also outline the common physical and health issues that may require limiting sugar including obesity, insulin resistance, laminitis, fizzy behaviour, and muscle issues such as PSSM and tying up. We aim to provide some clarity on the ‘carbohydrate situation’ so horse owners can avoid the hype and make an educated and research-supported decision for their horse.

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