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Blending chaff with your concentrate (sweets, pellets and other grains) has one primary purpose: it will force your horse to munch more thoroughly.
A horse's digestive system continuously generates acidic substances that degrade the feed, regardless of whether the horse eats or not. Horse spittle is alkali and balances the continuous gastric activity of the horse. Of course, the horse will produce 3-5 gallon of spittle per days as long as it has something to munch.
If a horse has an empty horse digestive system because there are a few extra hour between feedings, there is no food or salt to absorb the sulphur. It can also affect the mucous membrane of the horse digestive system and make the horse prone to abscess. The horse must be chewing very thoroughly when chaff is being fed.
Prolonging the mastication period generates more spittle to buffers the acid. A frequent issue with concentrate is that the horse tends to feed on it too quickly. In this way, the seeds full of basic sugar and starch are very quickly absorbed into the system - through the digestive tract and small bowel only a few hrs before they reach the anus.
Add chaff with concentrate and moisturize to keep it well blended, forcing your horse to bite more thoroughly and more gradually. That can mean that your horse needs 45 instead of only 10 min about his corn meals. This prolonged mastication period has the advantage that the wheat reaches the horse's intestinal system more slowly and in smaller quantities - so the single carbohydrate can be completely ingested in the small bowel.
To put it briefly, when you feed chaff with your horse's concentrate, it is important to prolong the mastication period. Together with freely selectable grass or soft grass, this is a good way to help your horse prevent serious digestion problems such as stomach and intestinal ulcer, posterior intestinal accident and clot.