North Fulton Feed and Seed Carries Only Top-End Equine Feeds in a Convenient Georgia Store Location
North Fulton Feed & Seed carries a wide variety of horse feeds from the best brands available. Each horse is unique and has special requirements. Use our web site to help you choose which feed is right for your horse. Search by brand, content, textured or pelleted or by special needs. If you need help choosing, call our store and we can help you pick what is right for your horse.
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2013 Horse Feeding and Product Guide from Southern States
Low Starch Requirements
Carbohydrates & Sugars
Recent research is starting to address the area of carbohydrates in equine nutrition. When determining low carbohydrate diets for horses, we need to look at sugar and starch levels in equine feeds. These feedstuffs include forages (hay and pasture), as well as ingredients that make up concentrate feeds for horses, such as oats, corn, barley, beet pulp, soybean meal, etc.
The term “low carbohydrate” as used in reference to equine feeds is actually a misnomer. All equine diets are “high carbohydrate”! The primary intention when using the term “low carbohydrate” is to differentiate nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC) from fiber carbohydrates. Structural carbohydrates make up the majority of the carbohydrates found in forage products such as hay or beet pulp and are commonly referred to as fiber. Nonstructural carbohydrates make up the majority of the carbohydrates found in grains such as oats, barley and corn and are commonly referred to as starch or sugar. Nonstructural carbohydrate or “NSC” values for feedstuffs are now being included in laboratory analysis by several commercial laboratories and provide a measure of the amount of starch and sugar contained in a forage, grain or mixed feed. One should realize that when thinking in terms of a “low carbohydrate” feed for use in equine diets, a low “NSC” (NSC = starch + sugar) is what is actually being considered.
There are many health issues that can occur in various breeds of horses. Dr. Marty Adam has suggestions for how horses owners can avoid and/or treat these issues.