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Why It’s Still OK to Give Your Overweight, Laminitic, EMS, Tying-Up or PSSM Horse Polo Mints!

WHY IT’S STILL OK TO GIVE YOUR OVERWEIGHT, LAMINITIC, EMS, TYING-UP OR PSSM HORSE POLOS! by Dr David Marlin

…..despite what some “experts” will have you believe 🙂

Many owners are told by many experts that they can’t feed horses that are overweight, prone to laminitis or tying-up or have EMS, POLOS!

Yes, it’s true that POLO mints are loaded with carbohydrates. In fact, every POLO mint consists of 98% carbohydrate and 96% sugar. So does this mean that POLO’s are bad for horses that are prone to tying-up, laminitis, etc? In principle yes. But of course the key factor here is how many packs a day are you feeding your horse!

1 Pack of POLO’s contains 1707KJ of energy or 1.707 MJ and 96g of sugar. A single tube weighs 34g. Therefore one tube supplies 1.707/100*34 = MJ of energy 0.58MJ of energy. Similarly, one tube supplies 96/100*34 = 33g of sugar.

To put this in context, 33g of sugar will have no impact on a horses blood sugar level! Similarly, an adult horse at maintenance (i.e. not exercising, not growing, not in foal, etc) requires around 60MJ of energy per day to maintain condition. A horse in hardwork could require around twice this amount of energy.

So, one tube of POLO’s represents around 1/100th to 1/200th of the daily energy intake of an adult horse.

If you fed your horse 10 tubes a day then you might start to get to a level that MIGHT cause a small increase in risk for horses prone to conditions such as tying-up or laminitis.

CARROTS. An “average” 6″-7″ carrot weighs around 100g and will provide around 10g of carbohydrate of which 5g will be sugar. So a few carrots is no issue.

A medium sized APPLE contains around 25g of carboihydrate of which around 20g is sugar.

Spring grass? Now that’s a different matter.

OTHER BRANDS OF MINT ARE AVAILABLE 🙂

Date: July 13, 2017