Sugar and Hyper Horses
Q: Can consuming a high-sugar diet cause a horse to behave in an anxious or hyperactive way?

A: Sugar can play a role in horse behavior. Have you ever skipped lunch, then grabbed a candy bar in the middle of the afternoon for a quick snack? Perhaps, then, you have experienced a sugar rush, then a crash.

Sugars (carbohydrates) are metabolized quickly as a fast source of energy, which can be a very good thing in certain circumstances (think bursting out of the starting gate, or racing around a cloverleaf pattern). However, the energy produced from sugar is not long lasting.

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