Does This Problem Affect Animals too? YES!
Every week I spend hours giving advice to people about the harm their animals diets are doing to them. The sad thing is that most people really do believe that what they are feeding their animals is good quality, sadly that is rarely true. Virtually every chronic illness that we and our animals are suffering from can be linked to pesticides as one of the main causes – from cancer, diabetes / metabolic issues, gastrointestinal issues including ulcers, allergies, behavioural issues, structural issues including hind limp paralysis, eye and teeth issues – the list goes on!
A Typical Horse Food / Balancer
Here is a typical very popular, high cost horse food ingredient list:
Soyabean meal, wheatfeed, oatfeed, linseed expeller, grass, full fat soya, vitamins and minerals, soya oil, yeast, molasses!
All the soya is genetically modified (and yes I have checked this with the manufacturers). Genetically modified, amongst other unknown problems, hence sprayed with extra chemicals for good measure, all of which kill off all the gut microbiome. This manufacturer does not put any of this ingredients list on their website or bags of feed – I wonder why?! You may want to see this Blog for some of the reasons why you don’t want to be feeding you or your animals soya.
In case you are wondering – they list the 3 forms of soya separately as that way they don’t have to say the total amount of soya in the product – hence soyabean meal, full fat soya and soya oil all being listed separately! In contrast they list the combined vitamins and minerals as the individual amounts are so small that they will have no nutritional value, oh, and by the way, these are synthetic vitamins and mineral ones anyway so won’t do any good (see this Blog) !
Dr Deborah Carley PhD from Thunderbrook Equestrian has written this excellent article explaining more about what these ingredients are so I would suggest every horse owner reads this
but in a nutshell
- Why are virtually all of the ingredients list made up of waste products?
- Do you know how many pesticides and herbicides are in these ingredients – the answer is many and all have known serious health effects, many of which are reflected in the many health conditions now being seen in our horses;
- Why don’t the manufacturers list the ingredients on the bags and websites?
- Why is the marketing material allowed to be so misleading? Seriously how do you get from the above ingredients list to this description of the product:
‘It contains many supplements combined with good quality protein to promote muscle development and topline. The supplements include a top-specification broad-spectrum supplement and specialised supplements including a superb hoof supplement, generous levels of anti-oxidants and sophisticated digestive aids.
This superb specification allows horses to utilise far more nutrients from the forage and straights in their diet, which usually means that their hard feed intake can be reduced with many resulting benefits. A complete specification is freely available.
Comprehensive Feed Balancer is a very flexible, nutrient-rich feed designed to balance the rations of most horses and ponies simply by adjusting the rate at which it is fed and the products it is fed with.
When Comprehensive Feed Balancer is fed there is therefore often no need to add any further supplements, other than salt and/or electrolytes for sweating horses. The addition of a broad-spectrum supplement, blood tonics, yeast supplements, vitamin E and selenium anti-oxidants, a hoof supplement, immune support, a bone supplement and metabolic support, is a totally unnecessary expense, ineffective and potentially harmful.
No wonder horse owners are confused!!
It now seems to be considered ‘normal’ that horses have ulcers, metabolic imbalances, laminitis, sweet itch etc? I can assure you it is not, and we don’t need to go back many years for these conditions to be the exception rather than the norm that they are today.