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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Allergy to Full Fat Soya?

Hi I would like to feed my horse full fat soya - what are the chances of a horse being allergic to this and what would the signs be?

Where are you from? South Africa

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Re: Allergy to Full Fat Soya?

Hi Christine,

This product is made from molasses powder and soybean flour, and provides a good combination of protein and minerals. There really isn’t anything in it that your horse is likely to be allergic to. The most common sign of a food allergy would be hives, swelling, and itching.

However, if your horse is suffering from any type of inflammation due to aging joints, intense exercise, ulcers, and muscle pain, then feeding soybean meal is not the best choice. Soybean oil is very high in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid. Some is necessary in the diet, but too much can increase the inflammatory response.

So, in general, if you offer a small amount to an otherwise healthy horse, this is a fine supplement. But, if any of the conditions that I mentioned are troubling your horse, I would choose a product that is not high in soybean oil.

Thanks for writing!

Dr. Getty