Horse Nutrition – Reducing Carbs

Horse eating hay

To reduce the non-structural carbohydrate content of the diet,consider eliminating grain, soaking hay prior to feeding it to the horse or selecting a hay that is known to have a lower nonstructural carbohydrate content.

Structural and Non-Structural

The desire to create a low carbohydrate diet is really a method to control the amount of non-structural carbohydrate (sugar) in the horse’s diet. Structural carbohydrate (fiber) should not be the target for elimination since fiber is essential for proper function and motility of the horse’s digestive system. It is still recommended that horses receive a minimum of 1.5% of their body weight per day in dry forage to provide essential fiber. To reduce the non-structural carbohydrate content of the diet, consider eliminating grain, soaking hay prior to feeding it to the horse or selecting a hay that is known to have a lower nonstructural carbohydrate content.

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