Molasses is a syrupy liquid produced during sugar production from sugar beet, sugar millet or sugar cane. It usually contains between 40 and 50 % sugar as well as a lot of sodium and potassium. Sugar cane and sugar beet molasses are important in feed production; sugar millet molasses is not used in feeding.
Since molasses has a relatively high sugar content, many horse owners are afraid that this will have a negative effect on the acid production in the stomach and that the increased stomach acid will increase the risk of stomach mucous membrane irritation or a stomach ulcer, or that molasses will have a negative effect on the blood sugar level. However, as the proportion of molasses in the feed is usually not much higher than 5 %, the fear of sugar is put into perspective.
In addition, sugar is also naturally contained in hay and the blood sugar level is also significantly affected by cereal starch. The great fear of molasses in horse feed is therefore relatively unfounded.
Equine 74 Gastric
The long-term solution
Buffers the excess acid in the horse's stomach instead of blocking it.