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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Can you feed a horse soy beans

this is a very informative site, Thank you!

I have some soy beans that we wanted to use to make tofu. That process didn't work as well as we wanted, so we have two big bags of soy beans. Can I feed them to my horses? I have one 4 year old and one 5 months old.

I will appreciate any input you could give!

Terri Smith

Where are you from? Guffey, Colorado

How did you locate this forum? ask jeeves

Re: Can you feed a horse soy beans

Hi Terri,

Soybeans are fine as long as they are cooked. Raw soybeans contain a trypsin inhibitor which interferes with protein digestion. But, cooked soybeans are an excellent protein source.

As with any new feed, introduce it slowly. It takes a while for the bacterial flora living in the hind gut to adjust to the new feedstuffs.

Thanks for writing!

Dr. Getty