Some information on what we use and why
Pumpkin for Horses??
Is is OK to feed pumpkins to your horse??
YES! It is more than ok! Pure, unseasoned pumpkin and seeds are great for your horse.
Pumpkins offer a ton of nutrition and holistic health benefits.
1. The orange color (think carrots) of pumpkin tells us it’s a wonderful source of Beta Carotene.
2. It’s also a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese, and a good source of Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus. Throw in some Omega 3 & 6, and you have yourself a very nutritious vegetable.
3. Pumpkin is very low in calories, as it is only around 30 calories/cup, low in carbohydrates, and relatively high in fiber.
4. The nutritional benefits of pumpkin for horses include a healthier digestive, immunity support, bone & joint health, and healthy skin & hair
5. Horses are perfectly capable of digesting and utilizing the plethora of nutrients in pumpkin.
Pumpkin is considered to be low in carbohydrates and contains about half the level of starch in other winter squashes.
1. Pumpkin has been used as a natural remedy for both constipation and loose stools in dogs, cats, rabbits and horses due to it’s high fiber content.
2. Pumpkin soothes the digestive system overall.
3. Inflammatory conditions (such as arthritis) may benefit from the mild anti-inflammatory effects of pumpkin.
4. The Vitamin C will also increase collagen production and induce healing.
5. Pumpkin seeds are valued as a source of Omega 3, an anti-parasite treatment, digestive system ‘tonic’, and are sometimes used as an ulcer treatment.
Pumpkin is a great food. It helps settle the stomach and allows for better digestion.
Pumpkin is healthy for horses!
- Pumpkin is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin c and e, which help to reduce cataracts and heart problems. The pumpkin is also great for weight loss, since pumpkin acts as a healthy filler.
Besides tasting good (to animals as well as people), the oil that comprises up to 50% of pumpkin seeds is very rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. The seeds also provide a special combination of fiber, and a chemical compound called cucurbitin. Herbalists believe that these constituents are useful for keeping intestinal parasite populations (especially tapeworms) in check
good for arthritis and diabetes!
Cinnamon is good for the heart since it improves circulation. It has anti-inflammatory properties which helps relieve pain in joints. Cinnamon also helps regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol levels; the perfect treat for diabetics.
Sun cured hay:
What is the difference between a dehydrated hay forage cube and a hay forage cube that is classified sun cured?
Dehydrated hay forage cubes are processed differently than sun cured hay forage cubes. Dehydrated cubes are made from hay forages that are grown in humid climates primarily, or areas where frequent rain showers exist. These forages are harvested before bloom and not at optimum levels. The forage is usually left in the field for 2 days, then is picked up and chopped, transported to the processing plant, dehydrated to 95% matter and then cubed. The dehydrated method does not allow for the hay forage to be baled. Sun cured hay forages uses the sun to naturally cure the hay in the field before it is baled. This process can take upwards of 5 days before baling. Once baled, the hay forage then is processed into cubes, on an as needed basis. The nutritional value is naturally protected from this curing method. Dehydrated cubes nutritional values start out high, but with additional heat from the process, lower levels are maintained to mirror the natural process of sun cured cubes. Sun cured cubes forages have optimum levels of nutrition and with less chance of mold spores. We use hay that is sun cured and does not use any chemical mold inhibitors to control unwanted moisture as found in the eastern humid areas of hay forage processing thus it must come from out west!