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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: what food is safe

Hi Nikki,

You are correct about the price factor -- low starch/low sugar feeds tend to be more expensive than high starch feeds because the ingredients are more expensive. Oats, corn, and molasses are cheap and commercial feeds made with these cereal grains and sugar are the least expensive available.

There are many low starch feeds available and just about every feed company offers at least one -- they are all gaining understanding of the importance of avoiding high amounts of starch unless a horse is work extensively and requires the extra carbohydratres -- but even then, they should be fed in small quantitites (no more than 2 lbs at a time for a 1000 lb horse).

Check to see what brands you have available in your area. You may be pleasantly surprised. For example, Kent Feeds has recently come out with a moderately priced option that I find worthwhile -- called Dynasty Secure.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

if we are not to feed grains please tell me what we are going to feed them. all of the foods for horse that i seen have grains i.e (corn, oats) and soforth in them. i have seen vet food for horses that are lower in grains but are very pricey. some suggestions would help.

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO