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Keep It Simple With SAFE 'N EASY™

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BUCKEYE™ Nutrition’s SAFE ‘N EASY™ line of feeds were expertly formulated by our nutrition team to meet the needs of horses needing a low sugar and starch diet. Research shows that a diet low in starch and sugar may help reduce excitability (Redondo, et al. 2009), and can be beneficial in managing horses suffering from non-glandular gastric ulcers (Luthersson, et al. 2019). In addition, low starch and sugar diets are recommended for horses with metabolic disorders, including Equine Cushing’s Disease (PPID) and insulin resistance. By utilizing highly digestible fiber, such as soy hulls, beet pulp and alfalfa meal, SAFE ‘N EASY provides energy to the horse via microbial fermentation. Fat also supplies a highly digestible source of calories.

All SAFE ‘N EASY products feature:

  • Low starch and sugar - less than 16.5% NSC
  • No corn
  • No molasses
  • GRO ‘N WIN™ fortified

 Benefits of BUCKEYE Nutrition:

  • Only the highest quality ingredients meet BUCKEYE Nutrition’s strict standards
  • Fixed formula recipe produces a consistent product every time, lessening the likelihood of digestive disturbances
  • No medications in our mill or on our trucks, making your horse’s health and safety a priority
  • Equine-dedicated, single mill


  Main Product Image Safeneasytexturized Sne Performance Right Gusset Showing Senior Balancer Right Gusset Showing 1 Safe N Easy Complete Right Gusset Showing
SAFE 'N EASY Product Pelleted Textured Performance Senior Complete
Protein % 12 12 14 14 12
Fat % 6 6 10 10 5
Fiber % 20.5 20 20 20 20
NSC % 12.5 16.5 13 14.5 12.5


Maintenance to light work, easy keepers, metabolic horses

Contains oats for added energy, great for picky eaters and performance horses in light to moderate work Performance horses in light to moderate work, hard keepers, metabolic horses that need to add body condition Senior horses, picky eaters, hard keepers needing body condition, horses in light to moderate work, metabolic horses Horses that can no longer properly chew hay, partial forage extender with low hay supply, frequent travel or with poor quality hay

























How Effective Are Grazing Muzzles in Reducing Pasture Intake?

Limiting pasture intake is recommended for obese horses and ponies, especially those at risk for laminitis.  This can be difficult to do if horses have access to pasture full-time or when, for example, stabling is not an option.  Using grazing muzzles has been recommended but how much of an effect do grazing muzzles really have on reducing pasture intake in horses? 

 Read more about this research and the results here:

 Grazing Muzzles Ponies March 2016

Does Breed Affect Insulin Dynamics?

Being obese and/or having abnormal insulin responses (insulin dysregulation or ID) is thought to increase the risk of laminitis.  Obesity is often associated with ID in certain breeds, but are there breed differences in insulin responses regardless of body condition? In this study, researchers at the University of Melbourne, Australia investigated whether breed contributes to ID in non-obese horses.

Click the image below to read more about this exciting research.


Breed Insulin Differences