We often find that Barley, Molasses and Alfalfa are ingredients that can cause unwanted reactions in some horses. For some horses, allergies and intolerances can take weeks, months or years to develop, meaning that their once favourite food could begin to cause unwanted and adverse reactions.
Can horses be allergic to sweet feed?
Food allergies only occur in response to a specific type of protein which means it simply isn’t possible for horses to be allergic to sugar or oil (oil does not contain any protein).
How much molasses can horses have?
In reality, the amount of molasses added to horse feed (between 3-10% maximum) is generally not high enough to affect the total starch and sugar content of the ration.
What food can horses be allergic to?
Diet items reported to cause adverse food reactions in horses include lucerne, barley, beet pulp, bran, buckwheat, chicory, clover, malt, oats, potatoes, St. John’s Wort, wheat and feed additives.
What can horses be allergic to?
Just like people, horses can develop sensitivities to molds, dust, pollens and other airborne allergens. Signs: Environmental allergies stimulate either respiratory or skin reactions. Most horses experience one or the other, but not both at once.
Can molasses cause colic in horses?
Molasses: It’s sticky, smells good, and horses love it, but does molasses cause colic? No. Molasses is the liquid residue that remains after the sap of sugar cane (blackstrap) and sugar beets is condensed and sugar crystals are formed.
Why is sweet feed bad for horses?
But much as horses love it, molasses has come under fire in recent years as research has revealed the danger of feeding high-sugar products that create a steep rise in blood glucose. Especially in young growing horses, this reaction has been linked to an increased incidence of skeletal deformities.
Can horses have food allergies?
Food allergy in horses is rare and extremely difficult to diagnose. This is confounded by allergy tests that often show hypersensitivity to something the horse commonly eats. Clinical signs of food allergy include hives, itchiness, and possible self-trauma due to scratching.
Are horses allergic to oats?
Whilst your horse can develop a negative reaction to anything in their diet, there are some food groups that have been reported to provoke more allergies. These include wheat and feed additives, oats, potatoes, barley and bran.
Can horses have allergy?
Just like people, horses can suffer from allergies. Allergies are an abnormal reaction to foreign substances (called allergens) by the immune system to which it has become hypersensitive.
What can I give my horse for allergies?
Your veterinarian can prescribe several medications to calm an allergic response. Dexamethasone or other corticosteroids are effective for treating severe reactions. If your horse is only moderately itchy or has hives, antihistamines can be useful.