• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Artificial Sweetener in Feeds

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Artificial Sweetener in Feeds

    Just wondering if any of you know of any feeds that use artificial sweeteners to replace molasses and make the sugar content lower in their feed?

    I know of a local company doing this and since I am not an advocate of artificial sweeteners for myself, I have a hard time thinking this is good for our horses, etc that we are feeding.

    Thoughts and opinions welcome.

  • #2
    IMO ... (remember those of you who love to dis what I reply - opinions are neither right nor wrong!) -- artificial sweeteners are nasty, nasty things. I would not feed my animals such things in as much as I don't ever touch them. Prefer to go the more 'natural' route.
    --Gwen <><
    "Treat others as you want to be treated and be the change you want to see in the world."


    • #3
      Is that just a local company with its own brand, or is this a new national brand they are trying out? The truly artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame, Sucralose, etc are to be avoided. If the sweetener in question is Stevia, that is a benign, natural sweetener much sweeter than sugar. The biggest red flag to me is why they are sweetening it at all, as that implies to me they may be trying to mask the flavor of rancid or old, spoiled ingredients. Most of the time, the molasses used in other than really icky sticky sweet feeds is partially to keep dust down, and partially to make any mineral pellets stick to the other grains.
      RIP Sasha, best dog ever, pictured shortly before she died, Death either by euthanasia or natural causes is only the end of the animal inhabiting its body; I believe the spirit lives on.


      • Original Poster

        Local company and I am not sure which sweetener they are using, but I did ask the person that was using it and she has not gotten back to me.


        • #5
          I'm not convinced there's anything "nasty" about artificial sweeteners, and they certainly have their place in our addicted-to-sweet-things world, but I'm not altogether convinced horses "need" them, either. What is the purpose? To make food more palatable? I've never had a horse refuse to eat anything, ever, that resembled horse food.

          I'd also wonder if horses perceive "sweetness" exactly the same way we do, and if artificial sweeteners hit the same nerve endings. I know horses find things appealing that I certainly would not, and vice versa--who's to say if they'd even like the stuff?
          Click here before you buy.


          • #6
            I am not a fan of anything artificial...
            Poulin came out recently with a banana flavored hay pellet. My horses loved it(as they do most everything). Problem for me is it had 'sweetner' listed as one of the ingredients.

            even though they were doing a promo and cheap price, I didn't buy it. I want to know what the sweetner is, please.

            I hate how most supplements are artifically flavored and colored...like my horses really care about the color.
            save lives...spay/neuter/geld


            • #7
              I also dont buy artificial sweetener, but it is probably a natural sweetener.

              This kind of ingredient list allows them to buy whatever sweetener is cheapest as the market fluctuates.
              It would be nice if they listed all of the possibilities.


              • #8
                dw- my QH is HYPP and we tried to switch him to plain oats. He wouldn't touch them. He is picky about his food. We eventually gave up. If we mixed just a little sweet feed in with them he would eat it. (I use the term sweet feed loosely here) It was a really dry sweet feed with only a little dry molasses. It was only .4% potassium.
                There are horses that won't eat plain grain.
                Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)