"Feed for Thought": Nonstructural Carbohydrates and the Metabolic Horse
By: Suzie Middlebrook B.Sc., Cavalor Nutrition Specialist -
Unfortunately, many horses are currently afflicted by different types of metabolic ailments, such as insulin resistance (IR) and laminitis. These types of ailments are often caused by a lack of exercise, overfeeding, genetics, some types of drugs, or a combination thereof. Horses that are IR or prone to laminitis are unable to cope with high amounts of nonstructural carbohydrates in their diet. Nonstructural carbohydrates (NSCs) are the percentage of a feedstuff that is made up of starches and water soluble carbohydrates, or sugars. NSCs are found in cereal grains and some types of hay, such as timothy grass or orchard grass.
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