Question: I am feeding TC Complete.. it contains whole oats and I am finding them in my horses manure. Why do you not use crimped oats so they will get chewed and digested?
Horses are pretty efficient at utilizing oats as long as their teeth are in good condition. There is a significant amount of research that shows that the added digestibility of crimped oats (about only 5%) is offset by the added cost of processing the oats. Oats are digestible, the hulls are not. If you look closer at your horse's manure, you'll most likely see the (outside) hull is present and the (inside portion of the oat) the "oat groat" is gone.
Question: Do you use GMO ingredients in your feed? I do not see that you list non-GMO soybeans.
Soybeans are commonly genetically modified , but soybean meal is a quality source of protein and this is why you find it in our formulations. The US Government does not require identification of GMO grains so it would be nearly impossible for us to guarantee that feeds contain no genetically modified ingredients.
Question: I am curious why you list vitamin E in the synthetic form as opposed to the more natural form? Also, many of your minerals and vitamins are listed in percentages, why do you not list them all as mg/serving?
We do list "vitamin E Supplement", but it actually contains both the synthetic form and natural form. Research has shown that the only time natural vitamin E is more effective vs the synthetic form is in Vitamin E deficient horses. For a horse that is not vitamin E deficient the difference between natural and synthetic Vitamin E diminishes.
According to the American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) we legally must list our guarantees as percentages. To turn a percentage into mg/lb simply multiply the percent by 4,536.
Question: I have a gassy horse, I heard that fish oil has been used to reduce gas in humans, could this help in horses??
Absolutely, due to the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega 3's (found in fish oil) they can be helpful to a gassy horse. It really helps to work to remove the substrate that is causing gas (think starch) and then help to reduce the inflammation that gas/acidosis has caused. Supplement with Omega 3's but also make sure to use low starch products which means a NO GRAIN diet.