Nutritional Related Diseases/Allergies
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Our twin geldings have Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy, a gene disorder that affects their muscles. Their muscles can't process the glucose, and so they "tie up" pretty severely when they have high sugar content, high carbs, etc. They can't even have green grass and no orchard grass hay that has higher levels of sugar. Do you carry any supplements that are low carb, low starch, low sugar, but high in proteins, fat, etc.? They can't have, of course, anything with molasses in it.
Fats are energy dense and provide a different form of energy than grain carbohydrates thus fats will not directly increase blood glucose and insulin levels. The use of high fat feedstuffs such as corn/soybean/canola oil is an alternative to fueling the horse. The amount of oil fed will depend on the balance formula being fed and what you are doing with the horse. Integrity Lite is our lowest sugar/starch formula and is 6% fat; the starch and sugar content of Integrity products are listed on Integrity.com.
Addressing dietary needs of horses with PSSM involves supplying feeds that can maintain low blood sugar and low blood insulin response. Grains and texture/pellet feeds with grains must be eliminated from the diet. Most all feedstuffs (except for oils) contain some level of starch and sugars. The goal is selecting a balanced formula that contains a blend of feed ingredients to provide a balanced formula and is low in starch/sugars and high in fat.
You also indicated that rice bran was added to their diet and beet pulp was eliminated. Beet pulp is a soluble fiber source and rice bran is a fat source. Rice bran (20-22% fat) is high in starch/sugars and rice bran products can approximate 17% starch and 7% sugars.
Fat and grass hays need to be the primary fuel sources for your horse; the hay of course is necessary for fiber intake that promotes gut health. A general rule is that hay (baled) is fed at 1.5% of body weight; so, if your horse weighed 1000 lbs. then a minimum of 15 lbs. of hay would be fed each day.
My horse is insulin resistant. She's 30 years old and was doing fine until the last two months. I want to give her a low starch feed that has a complete feed profile. Teff hay would be the forage in the equation unless a different hay is better. Does Integrity Senior w/no molasses fit this scenario?
Yes it does, but given the age I am assuming the riding activity level is low, so Integrity Lite No Molasses, which is lower sugar/starch, would be my recommendation. Keep in mind that the forage is the major contributor to the diet thus the major contributor of sugars and starch. I just viewed some hay analysis numbers on a recent load of teff hay and the numbers were low for starch/sugar.
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