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

For working horses, can a diet be formulated with corn, molasses, cottonseed hulls, cottonseed meal, and a vitamin/t.m. pack? There is also free choice hay. Is there any reason for concern with the potential for gossypol in the cottonseed meal? Is there a concern with impaction from CSH? We feed cattle and have access to these commodities.

Where are you from? Texas

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Re: feed ingredients

Hi Greg,

For foals, gossypol can interfere with digestion but adult horses can tolerate it well. If you have any breeding stallions, I would suggest avoiding cottonseed meal since gossypol can decrease sperm production.

Instead of corn, feed oats. Corn is very poorly digested and is a major contributor to colic and even laminitis.

Cottonseed hulls can be added to provide more fiber to the diet (they have very little nutritional value), but limit the amount to no more than 10% of the diet. Be sure they are free from dust and mold.

Thank you for writing.

All the best,

Dr. Getty