Do molasses in horse feed deserve the bad press?
Molasses, a source of natural sugar, often, unjustifiably, gets a bad press. The majority of horse feeds do contain a molasses coating – this helps to bind the ingredients together, avoiding excessive fines/meal in the bag, and has the added bonus of enhancing palatability. Although in some situations, it may be necessary to limit the total amount of sugar and starch in the diet (e.g. for horses and ponies prone to laminitis), this does not mean that feeds containing a small amount of molasses are unsuitable. In fact many feeds containing molasses are actually low in sugar and starch for example, the total sugar content of our PerformaCare Balancer is significantly lower than would be provided by the same amount of hay.