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Low-Carb Diets for Horses


Selecting the right feed is critical to the well-being of your horse.

With all the publicity about "low-carb diets" for people, you may be surprised to learn that low carbohydrate diets are also extremely important in horse nutrition. Excessive levels of certain types of starches and sugars in horse feeds can cause problems such as colic, laminitis and tying-up disease.

Southern States has feeds for the nutritional requirements of horses of every age, size, level of activity and special dietary need. Your local Southern States retailer can help you select a feed designed for your horse's specific needs.

Dr. Marty Adams, equine nutritionist for Southern States, explains that not all plant carbohydrates are alike.

Structural carbohydrates make up the cell wall of plants. This fiber is generally well digested in the large intestine. On the other hand, some nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC), which are made up of sugars and starches found inside the plant cells, result in toxins beetthat are released in the bloodstream. These toxins are believed to cause laminitis or lameness.

"Feed management is the first step in limiting laminitis problems in horses," Dr. Adams says. "Avoid feeding too much grain. This is a common cause of colic and founder. Maintain proper fertility levels of pastures, control weeds and don't overgraze."

Whether your horse is healthy or not, Adams says, your best course of action is to consult with a Southern States equine feed specialist or feed dealer to develop a nutrition program for your specific needs.


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Standlee Premium Western Forage Premium Beet Pulp Pellets 40 lb
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Standlee Premium Western Forage Premium Beet Pulp Pellets 40 lb
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Standlee Premium Western Forage Premium Alfalfa Forage (Chopped) 40 lb
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Standlee Premium Western Forage Premium Alfalfa Forage (Chopped) 40 lb
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Southern States All Grain Textured Horse Feed 50lb
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Southern States All Grain Textured Horse Feed 50lb
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Standlee Premium Western Forage Premium Alfalfa/Timothy Chopped Forage 40 lb
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Standlee Premium Western Forage Premium Alfalfa/Timothy Chopped Forage 40 lb
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