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Welcome to Low Carb Horse Hay.
Our Goal Is to Help Horse Owners, Growers & Veterinarians Provide Appropriate Low-Carb Feed Solutions.
THE PROBLEM & THE SOLUTION
THE PROBLEM: There is a growing need for low carbohydrate forage for horses that have been diagnosed as severely metabolic and/or overweight. Supply of low carb forage is difficult to find, is limited, there is a need for how-to-grow-it education, and consumers need to be protected from false claims of carbohydrate levels. Formulated feeds and specialty forage packages are meeting a portion of the need, but most of these are expensive and suboptimal for the horse.
THE SOLUTION: Low Carb Horse Hay (LCHH) was created to help build a steady supply of controlled and Certified low carbohydrate hay products and meet the emerging demand. The LCHH Directory will connect horse owners to: 1) local hay farmers growing forages specifically to be low in non-structural carbohydrates, 2) retail stores that sell Certified low carb hay, and 3) distributors / hay haulers also offering LCHH Certified product. LCHH Certification will specify 1 of 3 low carbohydrate LEVELS, so the horse owner may make the best decision on the hay appropriate for their horse.
Many hay farmer’s do not have the contacts or resources to market their low carbohydrate forages. Knowledge about how to grow low-carb hay year after year is scarce and mostly by word-of-mouth. As horse owners become more educated and hay prices become more unpredictable, proof of quality and carbohydrate values are being requested. LCHH provides those analytical values with just a click of a button, but more importantly ensures consistent sampling techniques for better predictions of the hay’s true carbohydrate values. Owners with sugar-sensitive horses should take caution when given carbohydrate values from other sources due to the tremendous amount of variability in sampling techniques, analytical methods (i.e. NIR versus Wet Chemistry), and reported numbers.
Hay growing and harvesting factors influencing the complex nature of plant carbohydrates is not completely understood. Since farmers first started growing, harvesting and curring grasses, they have found methods to maximize energy, protein and digestibility for production of cattle and other livestock. These high carb, high energy forages are not ideal for many horses we call easy-keepers.
In just the last few decades, equine nutritionists and veterinarians have begun to understand the plethora of diseases and complications that can arise or be irritated by overfeeding simple sugars and starches. Combined with the urbanization of our equines and exploitive equine supplement market, over-feeding problems abound. The modern equestrian needs better forage options for the growing number of horses known to be suffering from obesity, chronic lamitis, ulcers, insulin resistance, and Cushings Sydnrome. For these reasons, the resources to connect progressive hay growers and concerned equestrians is overdue.
Certification Means LCHH Has Directly Tested the Forage.
We go to the grower’s site. We pull core samples. We deliver it to the lab. We analyize the results.
LCHH Manages the Entire Testing Process & Provides Trusted Analysis of the Results.
LCHH determines the Carb Level Designation, and helps the grower improve & expand their production.