Carbohydrates for horses…what do we need to know?

Since most of the horse’s diet really consists of carbohydrates, including forages, grains and its by-products, we cannot avoid digging deeper into this to fully understand what we are dealing with.

Carbohydrate is the collective term for starches, sugars and fiber in your horse’s diet.

So why does the horse need them?

The horse needs energy to function; to move, eat, work, breathe etc. This energy is derived from different energy sources, such as carbohydrates, fats and protein. We will take a closer look at carbohydrates in this article.