Horse gram benefits
Protect your horses from both poisonous and harmful compounds by removing horse gram grains from the feed. A 2013 study showed horse gram as an effective feed additive for reducing exposure to many of the harmful compounds of the feed. There were no reported adverse health effects. The study was based on adding horse gram to regular feed.
Other benefits to horses
Horse gram, as well as other gram-bearing grains, also provide valuable nutrients to the horse. Although it contains little protein, horses with low protein levels in their diets might benefit from supplemental horse grams. The fiber content and nutritional value of horse gram make it an excellent protein supplement for pasture horses.
High fiber and nutritional benefits can extend a horse’s life and increase the lifespan of horses. A study showed horses with adequate protein in their diets generally live longer than horses whose diets do not provide sufficient protein. Those horses with sufficient levels of protein in their diets live longer than those with inadequate protein levels. Feeding high protein supplements like horse gram could help reduce the health risk of a horse subject to cancer.
A study of beef cattle in Australia found a high concentration of horse gram in the
You can buy horse gram grain powder or look for fully tested products for glyphosate resistance in horses and other animals. You can also find horse gram supplements such as Supplemental Feed Ingredients (SFI), Insect Feeds, etc. Horses with well-established histories may have a slight grain intolerance for some grains.
For horses, it is important to consider the role of gut health, which is impacted by changes in the gut flora (probiotic effect). Once the gut is damaged, it is challenging to recover, and some damage may not show up until months or even years after damage has occurred. An inflammatory environment encourages bacterial overgrowth that could lead to some health problems.
More specifically, we are looking at lactic acid bacteria and their health impact on the horse’s protein digestion. Probiotics can benefit an animal by improving digestive health, lowering the risk of ulceration or gastrointestinal infections, and increasing the effectiveness of certain therapies.
Animal studies show that probiotic bacteria improve both the digestive function of the host (horse) and resistance to illnesses. One important benefit of probiotic consumption is that it improves recovery after lameness, fever, and colic in many animals.
The benefits to humans are the stimulation of the immune system. That is certainly something we are all looking forward to!
Chrysolites contain up to 10% probiotic bacteria. Probiotics will change the balance of bacteria in your gut, which could improve digestive health or assist with immune system function. It is important to note that probiotics will not work well without support from a healthy diet and a proper digestive system.
This is something we have noted in our experience feeding horse gram. Many horses will have diarrhea because they have a different set of bacteria in their gut. Even when a horse’s normal microbiome has been restored with a change in diet, probiotics may be beneficial as they can help change the overall bacterial ecosystem and increase immune system strength and health.
Research on these benefits is not as far along, but one study looked at horses with lameness who received large doses of probiotics (22.5 g/kg/day). The probiotic dose in the horse study was shown to help reduce the risk of mortality, improve the severity of lameness, and improve recovery.
Pre-natal health benefits
Probiotics and pre-natal health benefits have been studied but are not very well established. The results from animal studies show improvements in the development of colic and anxiety of foals. Studies of humans have suggested that probiotics may help lower colic risk in pre-pregnant women, but we don’t have much research on this.
Many diseases are found in horses during pregnancy, including congenital diseases such as cleft palate. There are currently clinical trials to determine the
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Processing the feed crops and pre-heating adds chemical safety to the horse gram grain. Using chemical processing, horse gram grains are recognized as having significantly higher concentrations of potentially beneficial phytochemicals than either wheat or rice.
Two grams of raw horse gram soaked with 10% beet juice or more water is considered safe. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, these amounts are within safe levels for horses. According to the National Animal Health Program, c made those calculations before c determined that nitrate is readily available in our soil and does not require chemical processing for horse gram to be an effective additive.
Two grams of raw horse gram soaked in 60% of tap water for six hours is considered safe. According to the American Pet Health Services, a sample of 60% tap water should be sufficient for feeding raw horse grams. However, the horse gram is a tougher nut to crack. In theory, horse gram raw is at the edge of the acceptable levels for human consumption. Fortunately, it has some extra benefits.
According to Dr. Kelly Wilkerson, a veterinarian at Hunter Bloodstock Animal Hospital in Colorado, feeding horse gram raw will not negatively affect nutrition for your horse. “A healthy horse should have the ability to assimilate the majority of their nutrition from the diet,” says Wilkerson. “If they don’t, you can get nutrient deficiency diseases.” In fact, horses are susceptible to pre-diabetes and diabetic feed deficiencies. When horse gram is processed for human consumption, only the gram fat is transformed, and the rest is excreted.
What’s good about horse gram
Prevention of colic, better for digestion
Better for healthy kidneys
Fewer calories than oatmeal
Protein per serving
Filling, if served with water
Only about 2 gms of sugar per serving
Good for the skin, hair, and digestion
Better for horses’ stomachs
Nutritious grass-fed meat
It helps horses deal with ticks
Provides essential nutrients for blood sugar regulation
Cook horse gram in boiling water for ten minutes
Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth or a clean metal strainer
Salt and pepper to taste
Season the meat before cooking to your desired taste
For more details on how to cook horse gram, visit one of our health recipe blogs.
Happy cooking and healthy eating!
Elisa Van Vorst is a certified nutritional therapy practitioner with advanced practice in organic nutrition. In addition to working in private practice in Colorado Springs, she spends most of her time traveling in the mountains, mountains, and forests of Colorado, Wyoming, and the west coast in search of the best ingredients. Elisa enjoys sharing her own healthy recipes and meal plans with her clients and family on her blog at http://preparedwithelf.com.
*Make sure horse gram is pure and made of grass-fed, properly seasoned meat.
It makes about 3 cups
1 cup finely ground horse or buffalo meat (fat trimmed)
1/2 cup finely chopped raw corn kernels
1 cup loosely packed fresh or dried corn kernels
1 tsp coarsely chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
3/4 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Pinch of celery salt
1 tsp olive oil
Mix all ingredients and bring to a simmer
Reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes
Serve with water, wild rice, and sweet potatoes
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