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Okay, I heard this from someone and it has been bugging me for a long time.

This lady said that a horse can get fat eating straw. She said it is like bread to a horse. I don't believe her but I need some kind of back up facts. Is straw a fiber, a filler or a high GI nutrient? My
horse is stabled on shavings and gets to eat straw for something to do when she is in the box (only 4 hrs out a day). She doesn't look like she
is gaining to me!! Help me prove this lady is nutty!

Thanks – Jessica

Re: Straw

Hi Jessica,

Straw is fiber and not much else. It is not high in protein, vitamins, minerals, fats, or starch – it’s just a filler and not a good one, at that. So, you are correct – it is not a nutritious substance and has very few calories.

Rather than allow your mare to eat straw (which may be treated with preservatives), I would suggest that you offer her a more nutritious source of fiber such as grass hay.

All the best,

Dr. Getty