Gold Label Molasses Liquid is made using Pure Cane Molasses. Molasses is
a great appitiser for fussy horses or if you want to disguise
supplements or medication.
What is Molasses?
Molasses looks like Golden Syrup. It is the syrup that is left over from
the sugar production out of sugar cane or sugar beet. Molasses is used a
lot in horse feeds as it has a number of significant advantages.
The advantages of molasses
Molasses contains 50% sugar. Because horses have a sweet tooth, feed
with a little bit of molasses is very tasty.
The sugar in molasses is a direct energy source of so-called ‘fast
energy’ for horses. If you give your horse a lot of work to do, it is
necessary to include sugar in the hard feed as a source of energy. That
is why molasses is often used in horse feed.
In addition, molasses is
a good source of potassium. Potassium looks after the control of water
absorption by organs, bones and muscles.
Finally, because of the syrup consistency, molasses is perfect to press
firm cubes and also prevents mueslis from de-mixing.
The disadvantages of molasses
Molasses is not suitable as a source of energy for horses who are
susceptible to laminitis. The latest view of horse nutritionists is that
too much sugar in the horse’s diet (from roughage, especially grass, but
also from hard feed) are the cause of laminitis. If your horse is
susceptible to laminitis, look for a hard feed with low sugar content or
don’t use hard feed at all and give a Pavo SummerFit biscuit once a day
for the required vitamins and minerals.
If a horse has a sugar rich diet in combination with only a small or
irregular amount of work, then there is a bigger chance to get muscle
acidity or azeturia.