Natural Protein Sources for Horses


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

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5 Responses

  1. angela says:

    Nice article and I always strive to feed “natural” alternatives to grain when I can. I do alot of horse rescue, so often I get very skinny horses that need protein but not the other stuff that comes in grain. I’ve fed all of the mentioned stuff before, with exception of the split peas, which has me very interested. When looking for split peas, I noticed that there are a couple varieties. yellow and green. So which is best? also, what about lentils? when looking at the split peas, saw this and was curious as to that as well.


    • Casie says:

      Thanks, Angela! Green and yellow peas are pretty much the same nutritionally, but I hear green peas are usually easier to find. As far as the lentils go, I’ve not heard of anyone feeding those to horses. But that’s an interesting question. I’ll try to find out some information on those. 🙂

      • Margot says:

        I feed my horses lentils, twice a day. They are higher in protein than peas, and lower on the glycemic scale. I soak and sprout the lentils before feeding them so horses are better able to absorb the nutrients. Otherwise I believe I would need to get split lentils. One of my horses is in his 30’s and has PPID (cushings). I’ve been feeding lentils for over 6 months now. Old guy’s weight has never been so good.

        • Casie says:

          Thanks for sharing, Margot. The first time I ordered split peas (from an online store), they sent lentils instead. I sent them back, but it sounds like they would have worked just fine!

  1. November 20, 2013

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