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at the amount of sugar present in many feeds and sup­ple­ments.

But what dis­turbed me most was that the sugar con­tent was of­ten ab­sent from the nu­tri­tional ta­ble, which would hap­pily ad­ver­tise the amount of energy or fi­bre.

Out of the many feeds I looked at, only a hand­ful con­tained no added sugar (some still had a high con­tent of very sugar-rich grain like bar­ley and wheat).

We know that sugar is not great for our health, but what about for our furry friends? Horses are de­signed to take in high amounts of fi­bre with low amounts of sugar.

I was very dis­ap­pointed with the lack of clear pack­ag­ing which was some­times very in­ac­cu­rate about what was ac­tu­ally con­tained in the bag.

On the other hand, I saw some good brands and prod­ucts that were clearly la­belled and in­formed the buy­ers well, so thumbs up to those com­pa­nies.

My pur­pose with this let­ter is not a hate on feed com­pa­nies or pre-mixes, or to tell any­one what to feed their horses.

I want to urge peo­ple to read la­bels and do your own re­search on what’s go­ing into your horse, whether it’s with the dif­fer­ent types of grasses when buy­ing hay, sin­gle in­gre­di­ent feeds, pre-mixes or sup­ple­ments.

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