At Horse Guard we have been asked many times “will my horse get ‘hot’ if I feed Horse Guard Products?”.
The answer is no.
When providing your horse with a balanced vitamin-mineral supplement your horse may actually horse feel better if they are deficient in something. Our products contain very little to no fillers. The beauty in top-dressing with a supplement is that it allows you to cater your feed regime to your horse’s energy needs, and the type of energy that you feel is most beneficial for your horse…. unlike complete feeds.
To start, Horse Guard provides them a daily vitamin-mineral supplement in a 2-ounce dose. If you consider the size difference between horses and humans, this would be comparable to a person taking a one-day vitamin. This allows you to add whatever type of hay you find most suitable for your horse, along with any grains/feedstuff to their energy intake.
When discussing grains/feedstuff, there are two major categories to consider.
1. Feeds that are considered “hot” contain grains, corn, molasses, or a mixture. The energy source comes from carbohydrates and starch, and is broken down into simple sugars easily. This makes them easily available to the horse, and therefore supply the horse with energy very quickly. A comparison, is children with a “sugar-high”.
2. “Cool” energy sources are feeds that contain beet pulp, rice bran, or extruded soy. These products are mainly fiber, protein, and fats, and are low in carbohydrates and starch. Protein and fats are complex molecules, and take longer for the body to breakdown into a useable energy. Therefore, there is a slower release of energy to the body. Fats are the slowest source of energy, but the most energy-efficient form in feed. Each gram of fat supplies the body with about 9 calories, more than twice that supplied by protein or carbohydrates. Feeds high in protein and fat, and low in carbohydrates and starches, can be beneficial to horses that have a tendency to be nervous or have metabolic disorders. Because of the efficiency of the energy in fat, these products can also be helpful to horses that have a hard time keeping weight on.
Ensure that your horse’s vitamin mineral nutritional needs are getting fulfilled, then cater to their energy needs. First your horse one of our complete vitamin-mineral supplements to ensure this. Then, choose the best hay and type of grain/feedstuff for your horse’s energy level.
You should be able to enjoy your happy, healthy horse to the fullest by following this one easy bit of advice.
Kelsey J. Nonella, Ph.D., P.A.S.
Horse Guard, Inc.