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.
- Easy Feed Organic No Corn, No Soy Horse Mix by Ranch-Way Feeds
- Easy Feed Organic Horse Mix 12% by Ranch-Way Feeds
- Genesis ™ Performance Plus
- New Country Organics Horse Feed
- Jim’s Organic Grain (available on several online websites, including here.)
- Organic Alfalfa Pellets by Advanced Biological Concepts
- Natural Advantage 12% Pellets by Green Mountain Feeds
- Organic Alfalfa Pellets by Green Mountain Feeds
- Organic Horse Plus by Modesto Milling Organic Feed
- Organic Horse Supplement Pellets by Modest Milling Organic Feed
- Oasis Organics Alfalfa Pellets (found on several online retail stores, but can’t seem to find a website!)
- RCR Organic Horse Feeds (they have a variety of organic horse feed products. Located in Minnesota.)
- Cold Springs Farm Custom Horse Feed Blends (located in upstate New York)
- Organic Alfalfa Pellets, Oats, Barley, and Peas by Thayer Feed, LLC (located in Thayer, Kansas)
- Premium Organic Alfalfa Pellets by Standlee
- Crypto-Aero Whole Food Horse Feed
- Ontario Dehydrated Alfalfa-Based Cubes (come in several varieties)
- Ontario Dehydrated Timothy Balance Cubes
- Non-GMO Pure Beet Pulp Pellets™ by Ontario Dehy Inc.
- Naturals Pelleted Horse Feed by Triple Crown
- Pelleted Grain Ration from Dynamite Specialty Products
- Standlee Timothy Hay Pellets
- Standlee Orchard Grass Pellets
- Coolstance by Stance Equine
- Chaffhaye Alfalfa
- H & H Horse Rations (located at several Texas locations or can be ordered online)
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!
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