Organic & Non-GMO Horse Feeds

I will admit, when I began this blog a few years ago, I didn’t really understand what GMO’s were. They honestly weren’t something I’d paid much attention to previously. But the more I’ve studied nutrition–both equine and human–the more I’ve learned, and GMO’s are definitely something I’ve become concerned about.

Chemicals sprayed on crops are also a major concern to me, especially since I developed an autoimmune condition which causes the body to have trouble eliminating toxins (Hashimoto’s). You can bet I pay a whole lot more attention to what I put in my mouth these days. And I’m also paying more attention to what I feed my horses.

It can be frustrating trying to find organic or non-GMO horse feeds, especially around my area. But they are out there and you can even order some online (with hefty shipping charges, of course). But hopefully, as people continue to tell feed companies that they want organic and non-GMO, more of them will comply.

But if you were like me not too long ago, you may not completely understand the difference between what ‘non-GMO’ and ‘organic’ means. So let’s talk about that first.

 

Non-GMO means that the ingredients do not contain genetically modified organisms. A GMO is a plant, animal, microorganism, or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified using recombinant DNA methods (also called gene splicing), gene modification, or transgenic technology.

This technology was developed to increase crop yields and withstand the two main threats to crops: insects and weeds. Today, more than 80% of all GMO’s grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. Therefore, GMO foods have become known for their chemical residue. Some people say these small amounts of chemicals aren’t harmful, but many others beg to differ.

 

Organic means that all ingredients must comply with the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) regulations which prohibits use of chemical fertilizers, synthetic substances, irradiation, sewage sludge, or GMOs in crop production. However, there is a list of ‘allowed substances’ which can be used in organic food production, so it’s false to think that organic foods involve absolutely no chemicals at all (which I was a bit disappointed to learn). But considering the alternative, organically produced crops are still much better for us and our animals.

One major difference between these two common labels is that organic foods are regulated by federal law, whereas non-GMO are not (though the Non-GMO Project is great a start).

 

So with that information in mind, here is a list of both Organic and Non-GMO Horse feeds.

Organic Feeds:

 

Non-GMO Feeds:

 

Please keep in mind that feed formulas can change and as previously stated, non-GMO products are not federally regulated; therefore companies are on the honor system when they state that their ingredients are non-GMO (though I’m not sure why they’d claim this if it weren’t true). But always do your own research and contact feed companies directly if you have specific questions about their products.

Also, I know this list may not be complete, so if you know of any organic or non-GMO feeds not listed here, please tell us about them in the comments!

 

Ta-Ta,

Casie

 

Sources and Further Reading

What is GMO?

National Organic Program

GMO Facts

 

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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13 Responses

  1. Linda Schaap says:

    Renew Gold (packaged in CA) says it is non-GMO. It is rice bran, flax, yeast, and Coolstance. Let me know your thoughts.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Linda,

      I didn’t include any supplements in this list though I know there are certainly some good organic and non-GMO supplements out there. This sounds like it may be one of them.

    • vocalvisions says:

      Renew Gold is excellent. Been using since it came out and had a great discussion about it with the inventor/owner. Also, you don’t have to feed as much to get a good result. My horse loves it too. Couldn’t say enough good things and have encouraged feed stores in my area to carry it.

  2. Kim Hallin says:

    Hi Casie. Great article. But, it’s unfortunate that you can’t list Cool Stance as “organic” simply because it’s not been Certified Organic. The truth is it is probably more organic than some of those that make your list! The coconuts used in Cool Stance are harvest by hand in Papua New Guinea. There are absolutely no chemicals or pesticides used on the coconut trees there (or anything nearby). And, it is processed in a plant (also in Papua New Guinea) dedicated to ONLY coconut meal. So, no chance of cross-contamination. Just thought you might want to know for future reference! Warmly, Kim (Stance Equine USA Distributor)

    • Casie says:

      Good to know–thank you, Kim. 🙂

    • Linda Schaap says:

      Hi Kim: I just started using Coolstance. How much are you feeding to an adult horse in light work? I am giving 1/2 the amount and see improvement in hooves, coat, and mobility in my 28 y/o Arab

  3. Catey says:

    What a great read! Thank you for sharing. I’ve been feeding my horse Crypto Aero wholefood Horse Feed for over a year and he has never looked or felt better.

  4. Georgia says:

    I had fought itching tail hives sores for several seasons. Vet told me allergies to no seems. Used everything I could to give myboy relief. I changed to Triple Crown Natural pellets and in two months he started to clear and stopped itching and rubbing his tail! Thank Goodness forTriple Crown Naturals.

  5. Rachel says:

    Danco Forage – Omnis Complete Performance Cubes are Non-GMO

  6. Candice says:

    Thrive feed is another.

  7. Ashley says:

    Roasted To Perfection Natural is a non-gmo feed and is no corn or soy. Ranch way also sells organic grain and alfalfa pellets

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