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Decoding Feed Labels
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Decoding Feed Labels

Every so often, there comes a time when a horse owner doesn’t see any positive change in their horse’s health, even after they have purchased the right kind of feed for their animal. The reasons for this are many, but the most common one is that horse owners don’t always know how to decode feel labels properly.

This leads to them purchasing a product that they think is the right one for their horse, but in fact the horse misses out on one or more crucial ingredients to ensure good health. Before you go shopping for your horse’s feed again, read on to find out some common mistakes people make in the process and some of the misconceptions that are floating around regarding horse feeds.

Sugar as the First Ingredient

While sugar is an essential ingredient for your horse’s feed in many cases, it should not be the first ingredient in electrolytes. The point of using electrolytes is to add sodium, potassium, and chloride to your horse’s diet. If the ingredient with the highest percentage in the feed is sugar, there isn’t much space left in recipe for the actual electrolytes.

Sugar Beet Pulp is Not Bad

Perhaps due to its name, beet pulp is thought to be very rich in sugar content by many horse owners. This is not true, as beet pulp is actually the ingredient that is left after the removal of sugar. This makes it a very rich source of calories that is easily digestible.

Wheat Mill Run is Healthy

While trying to decode feed labels, many people think of wheat mill run as mere sweepings off the mill floor. However, these two are by products that are created through milling of wheat for flour. The endosperm that remains after the process is highly rich in proteins, minerals, and vitamins. This ingredient is used in feeds where the starch content needs to be kept low.

Ask About Mycotoxins in Distillers Dried Grains

Distillers dried grains are a good source of energy and are used to add fiber content to the feed. The major concern surrounding this ingredient’s use in horse feeds is its tendency to have mycotoxins in it. This concern is higher when the ingredient is made from corn, as corn has a higher tendency to get mycotoxins. It is therefore important that you ask the feed company as to how they ensure that the product they make is free of mycotoxins.

Decoding horse feed labels is important if you want the most suitable products for your horse. This is often made difficult by feed companies who defame certain ingredients in the hopes of pulling people away from their competitors. Naming ingredients like beet pulp, wheat mill run, and distillers dried grains as ‘bad’, they make sure that horse owners stay away from their competition. This is a very bad trend that has taken off, which makes it even more important for horse owners to know which ingredients are good for their horses and which are not.

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