FOR HYPP HORSES, HOLD THE MO­LASSES

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If your horse has Cush­ing’s dis­ease, in­sulin re­sis­tance or other sugar sen­si­tiv­i­ties, you’ll want to stick to plain beet pulp, with­out any added mo­lasses. The same is true for horses with hy­per­kalemic pe­ri­odic paral­y­sis (HYPP) but for other rea­sons.

HYPP is an in­her­ited dis­ease char­ac­ter­ized by mus­cle ex­citabil­ity and weak­ness un­der cer­tain con­di­tions. One of those con­di­tions is an ex­cess of di­etary potas­sium.

“Mo­lasses con­tains a high amount of a potas­sium” says Betsy Wag­ner, PhD, an equine nu­tri­tion­ist with Auburn Univer­sity. “And part of the man­age­ment of HYPP horses is to re­duce their potas­sium in­take. This means no feeds with added mo­lasses, like sweet feeds and sweet­ened beet pulp. Horses with HYPP can have plain beet pulp, but you don’t want to feed them any type that has added mo­lasses. You’d be set­ting them up for a po­ten­tial episode.”

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