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Legends Horse Feed Sugar/Starch Pyramid


A pyramid shape depicting the carbohydrate levels in different types of Legends horse feeds

TYPES OF HORSES REQUIRING LOW LEVELS OF CARBOHYDRATES

  • Miniature horses
  • Ponies
  • Easy keepers
  • Horses with metabolic disorders (insulin-resistant, laminitis/founder-prone, Cushing’s)
  • Mature horses in performance, pleasure and show activities who require a diet low in sugars and starches
  • For horses with sensitive digestive systems who may be colic-prone, or who are recovering from colic surgery
  • For older horses with special nutritional needs

TYPES OF HORSES REQUIRING MODERATE LEVEL CARBOHYDRATES

  • Foals, growing horses, pregnant mares and lactating mares, performance horses requiring 14% protein and moderate fat/calorie level

TYPES OF HORSES REQUIRING ENHANCED LEVELS OF CARBOHYDRATES

  • Mature horses in performance, racing and show activities who require or prefer an oat-based formula for optimal fuel
  • Horses needing high-fiber feeds - i.e. beet pulp-based

Questions or Comments:
(888) 221-8987 or
sscfeedquestions@sscoop.com

SOLUBLE CARBOHYDRATE VALUES OF HORSE FEEDS

Horse Feed and Form

Laboratory Analysis Values1,2

ESC

Starch

NSC

Legends CarbCare™ Balancer Pellet (max. guarantee)3 7% (7%)3 5.1% (7%)3 12.1% (14%)3
Legends CarbCare Show & Pleasure Pelleted (max. guarantee)3 3.7% (5%)3 9.8% (15%)3 13.5% (20%)3
Legends CarbCare Performance Pelleted/Extruded (max. guarantee)3 4.3% (5%)3 9.6% (15%)3 13.9% (20%)3
Legends CarbCare Senior Pelleted/Extruded (max. guarantee)3 4.9% (5%)3 9.8% (15%)3 14.7% (20%)3
Legends Growth Textured 8% 24.2% 32.2%
Legends Growth Pelleted 4.1% 21.4% 25.5%
Legends Sport Horse Textured 8% 24.2% 32.2%
Legends Sport Horse Plus Textured 8% 24.2% 32.2%
Legends Race & Compete Textured 4.1% 21.4% 25.5%

1 Values determined by Equi-Analytical Laboratories, Ithaca, NY and reported on as sampled or as fed basis. ESC is ethanol-soluble carbohydrates or simple sugars, NSC is nonstructural carbohydrates and NSC = Starch + ESC. Select horse feeds with 40% or less NSC and limit meal size to 0.5% BW for horses without insulin resistance to maintain normal blood glucose and insulin levels and reduce risk of laminitis. Select horse feeds with 20% or less NSC and limit meal size to 0.5% BW to maintain normal blood glucose and insulin levels for horses with excitable behavior, insulin resistance and growing horses with risk or history of DOD. Select horse feeds with less than 10% starch for horses with tying up diseases (PSSM, EPSM and RER). Legends Horse feeds have fixed-ingredient formulas and values reflect an average laboratory analysis of one or more samples.

2 For cool season forage varieties (hay and pasture) fed to horses, consider an NSC value which includes fructans or water soluble carbohydrates (WSC) in addition to starch and ESC. High levels of fructan sugars present in cool season forages increase the risk of laminitis when consumed in large amounts, but fructan sugars don’t affect blood glucose and insulin levels and are not present in significant amounts in non-forage equine feedstuffs or warm season forages.

3 Values are guaranteed from fixed-ingredient formulas and are maximum sugar and starch estimates from formulation software with an added coefficient of variation to account for variability of sampling, laboratory analysis and feed ingredients. Analyzed laboratory values for sugar and starch may be lower than maximum guaranteed values. Guarantees for sugar and starch content are expressed as “Sugars” and “Dietary Starch” according to AAFCO recommendations on horse feed bags and tags.

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