Re: Help for my mare Alaska

Kirsten Rasmussen

Yes that's correct.  However we have found NIR tests can underestimate the ESC and starch by up to 30%, so this hay could be closer to 13.5% ESC+starch.  Near Infrared Spectroscopy is an estimate of chemical components based on the reflection vs absorption of near infrared light.  It seems to fo a reasonable job most of the time, but is very inaccurate for measuring carbs.  NIR is also not used to estimate trace minerals.  Wet chemistry analysis is an actual acid digestion of the hay with measurement of the chemical components and is much more accurate.  If you buy this hay, I would have it retested by wet chem methods, and get all the major and trace minerals that the NIR test is missing.  You'll need those to supplement appropriate minerals, which in turn will help her grow the healthiest hooves she can. 

That said, so far Eli's bloodwork does not indicate IR or PPID, so the sugar and starch in her diet might not be an issue.  If you do try this hay, I would start with soaking it.  If she's ok with it soaked, you could try unsoaked.  If you test her baseline, non-fasting insulin and glucose on this hay, unsoaked, we'll be able to tell you if she has IR or not based on the result.

Kirsten and Shaku (IR + PPID) - 2019
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