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Ep. 006: Successful Strategies to Help Limit NSC (aka Sugars and Starches) in Horse Diets


Dr. Tania Cubitt


Hailing originally from Australia, Dr. Tania Cubitt is one of Standlee’s resident nutrition experts, with both technical and practical life experience. She has a PhD in Equine Nutrition and Reproduction from Virginia Tech and raises black angus cattle, along with a few goats in Virginia.

Katy Starr


From the western state of Idaho, Katy Starr works as a marketing consultant for Standlee Premium Western Forage, focusing on nutritional content. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agribusiness from the University of Idaho, and partners with her husband in raising a small commercial cattle herd and their three girls.

Episode Details

On this episode, Dr. Cubitt and Katy discuss strategies to help limit non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) in diets for horses sensitive to sugars and starches, including what time of day is best to turn horses out to graze, if a grazing muzzle should be used, when hay should be soaked and drained off and when it won’t help, and forage recommendation scenarios for these types of horses who are underweight and overweight. Have any topics you want to hear more about? Let us know at

Episode Notes

Percentage of values:

  • 24% of 1 pound is 3.84 ounces
  • 12% of 2 pounds is 3.84 ounces
  • 6% of 4 pounds is 3.84 ounces
  • 3% of 8 pounds is 3.84 ounces

"Percentages mean nothing, zip, zero, nothing, unless you're applying them to a value. I could tell you 100%, 100% of what? A grain of rice? Well that's nothing versus 1%, 1% of what, jumbo jet? That's a lot." - Dr. Tania Cubitt

"A by-product of fiber digestion in the hindgut, is heat. The best way to keep your horse warm in the wintertime, is to feed it plenty of fiber." - Dr. Tania Cubitt


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