LOW SUGAR HAY
Low sugar hay is extremely important in a horse's diet due to its health properties and the enormous benefits it can offer.
Horses that are obese, suffer from ulcers, Cushing's, Laminitis or insulin resistance must have low sugar hay as the majority of their diet.
While lucerne usually has lower sugar than a lot of grass hays, it more often than not tests HIGHER in sugar, starch & protein compared to our Low Sugar Hay.
Your horse could actually be eating as much as 1 - 1.5 kilograms of sugar from 3 biscuits of high sugar hay per day!
Therefore our question to you is; 'Do you know exactly what's in your horse's hay?'
At Parkridge Hay all of our hay is independently tested for Feed & Minerals so that we can show you precisely what your horse is eating.
When purchasing your next lot of hay ask to see its Feed & Mineral test, that is the ONLY way you can be sure of what you are purchasing. But also please be sure the test is correct as we have seen other tests photocopied, dates changed and even the incorrect type of hay shown to what was being purchased.
All our Parkridge Hay Retailers can provide you with a Feed & Mineral test of our hay or you can see an example of them on this website.
On a Feed and Mineral Test the sugars in your hay are reported as Water Soluble Carbohydrate (WSC) and is shown as a percentage.
Low Sugar Hay should be 4% - 11% WSC and be low in protein.
For example, this season's Parkridge Hay Low Sugar Hay's FeedTest results show the WSC from 6.2% and crude protein of 9.2%.
Water Soluble Carbohydrate (WSC) % Scale
Water Soluble Carbohydrate (WSC) is the sweetness of the hay and the sugar load which can be critical to insulin resistant or Laminitic horses.
We have devised this scale to show how much sugar you would expect to see in FeedTests for our Diet hay, Low Sugar, Medium Sugar and High Sugar hay varieties.
What type of Parkridge Hay does my horse need?
Generally speaking, and according to our experience, we suggest that horses eat according to their activity level and level of fitness:
• Very fit/active horses - high sugar & high protein hay
• Moderately fit/active horses - medium sugar & lower protein hay
• Unfit/unwell horses - low sugar & low protein hay, and in severe cases, diet hay
We have heard about remarkable cases of very unwell horses making tremendous recoveries with our low sugar & diet hay from owners & vets alike.