Frequently Asked Questions
Why are Dr D's Low in sugar and starch?
There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with sugar and starch, every horse needs both to function normally. The problem is the levels in which we feed them to our horses. As horse owners we’ve been learning over time how many conditions can be exacerbated by excess sugars and starches and how the artificial feeding routines we create for our horses can have unintended consequences. High levels of sugars and starches having been implicated in a number of conditions including gastrointestinal ulcers, cushings, laminitis, osteochondrosis (OCD), recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER), polysaccaride storage myopathy (PSSM) and equine metabolic syndrome (EMS).
It’s generally accepted that horses with laminitis and cushings should keep their combined sugar and starch intake below 10-12%. Most horse treats (see FAQ: How high in sugars and starches are traditional horse treats?) will be way above this!
How low in sugar and starch are Dr D's?
Dr D’s Originae biscuits are less than 1.4% starch and less than 2.3% sugar.
Our Sensitive Tummies biscuits are less than 4% sugar and less than 1.4% starch.
My horse doesn’t have any sugar/starch related disorders why should I feed Dr D’s Treats?
Horses don’t have to have sugar/starch sensitivity to benefit from Dr D’s. First and foremost horses LOVE the treats (see our reviews). Our unique flavours have proved a real winner. Furthermore we only use luscious high quality ingredients which makes for a real “treat”. We don’t use any byproducts just wholesome ingredients. For instance all of our treats have lovely dried mint leaves, no stalks, no steams just tasty leaves.
Can I try out Dr D’s before buying them?
Of course! We recognise it’s nice to try a new product before buying it. Just order a sample and will pop one in the post for you.
How high in sugars and starches are traditional horse treats?
Most horse treats available today are primarily made from cereal grains, or cereal grain byproducts and molasses. Generally this means they will be high in sugars and starches. In addition, hardly any traditional treats list the sugar and starch values in their nutritional analysis. Even low sugar/starch treats touted to be safe for horses with laminitis and cushings contain high starch ingredients.
Here are some sugar and starch values of common ingredients:
Wheat* – 62% starch, 2.3% sugar
Wheat Middlings* – 26% starch, 5% sugar
Wheat Flour** – 58% starch
Maize (corn)*** – 73% starch, 3% sugar
Barley* – 55% starch, 2.5% taken as simple sugars
Molasses** – 75% sugar
Oatfeed*** – 25% starch, 4% sugar
Oats* – 44% starch, 2.1% sugar
Soya Meal* – 2% starch, 10% sugar
Carrots (wet)* – 3% starch, 21% sugar
* Equianalytics, ** USDA, *** Feedipedia
What’s the Recommended Daily Intake of Dr D’s?
Feeding up to 150g (10-15 biscuits) of Dr D’s per day should allow you to safely feed all other supplements you may be giving your horse.