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.