Too sweet

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I read “Mak­ing the Switch to Se­nior Feeds” (Hands On, EQUUS 439) with in­ter­est. I run a small res­cue in ru­ral Idaho, and I have sev­eral per­ma­nent se­nior res­i­dents, so I buy large quan­ti­ties of se­nior feed. But out here where I live, the choices of brands are limited, and most of them are drip­ping with mo­lasses. I fi­nally found two brands that were not, but they are hard to get here be­cause most farm stores are too small to be able to meet the four-ton min­i­mum re­quire­ment.

We all know that ex­cess sugar can cause se­ri­ous health prob­lems for horses, so I don’t un­der­stand why th­ese feeds are for­mu­lated this way. My 39-year-old Ara­bian mare was re­cently sick and di­ag­nosed with ul­cers, prob­a­bly caused by a change to a mo­lassescoat­ed feed while my other brand was not avail­able. As soon as I was able to get a pal­let of the good feed, she was much bet­ter. My vet­eri­nar­ian says that most se­nior feeds are like that but, yes, the less-sweet­ened ones are bet­ter. S. Le­maire Har­ri­son, Idaho

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