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Research has shown that pasture-induced laminitis occurs at times of rapid grass growth. The accumulation of certain carbohydrates including fructans, starches, and sugars (Non-Structural Carbohydrates, NSC) in pasture forage during the spring, early summer and fall, particularly after rainfall precipitate this laminitis. Therefore we must carefully manage pasture turnout and forage intake in horses and ponies that are at risk for developing laminitis or are currently affected. We also understand that horses suffering from insulin resistance (IR) and or Cushings (Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, PPID) as well as horses and ponies with the ‘‘easy keeper,’’ phenotype that are often overweight or obese, and may be persistently hyperinsulinemic should also be managed carefully with regard to their carbohydrate intake
Forage-only diets do not provide adequate minerals, or vitamins. Therefore you should supplement the forage diet with a low-calorie commercial ration balancer (HYGAIN® BALANCED®) product that contains sources of high-quality protein and a mixture of vitamins and minerals to balance the low vitamin E, copper, zinc, selenium, and other minerals typically lacking in mature grass hays. These products are often designed to be fed in small quantities (e.g., 500g/d); they can be mixed chopped forage to increase the size of the meal and extend feeding time, which may alleviate boredom in animals provided a restricted diet.
HYGAIN® Feeds also offer forage-based low energy feeds complete with vitamins and minerals: HYGAIN® ICE®and HYGAIN ZERO®. These feeds are extremely low in sugar and starch, making it ideal for horses suffering from or at risk of diseases such as, laminitis, insulin resistance, cushings, and chronic obesity.
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