Grass Meal

Grass plays a vital role in your horse’s health and wellbeing. High in valuable fibre and energy and a great source of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and omega 3 fatty acid, indeed the results of a study led by Dr Lori K Warren, Assistant Professor of Equine Nutrition at the University of Florida, stated, “The oil content of fresh grass will depend on its maturity, varying between 3% and 5% and comprising 40% to 55% Omega 3 fatty acids.”

The grass that we use in our feed is grown on one of 2 family farms, one in Lincolnshire and one in Devon, this ensures full traceability, allowing us to know which field and on what day the grass in our feed was harvested. We use grass meal as the base of both our balancer range and muesli feeds, it enables us to offer your horse that nutritious summer grass benefit all year round.

Typical Analysis:

Protein 16%  |  Fibre 25%  |  Oil 4%  |  Digestible Energy 11 mj/kg  |  Sugar 10.4%  |  Starch 1.9%

 

Micronised full Fat Linseed

The benefits of using Linseed in horse diets has been known for many years, but it needs to be cooked before use to break down some undesirable elements, but now with advances in micronising (cooking)   technology we have a very valuable raw material that is safe to feed without the need for further boiling or cooking.

The value of full fat linseed lies in its extraordinary omega fatty acid profile, as the horse cannot synthesise omega 3 itself, it needs to be provided as part of its diet. Omega 3 in the form of a-linoleic acid, is essential to heath, in the short-term it leads to better skin and coat condition, fewer skin allergies and inflammatory responses. While the lasting benefits are thought to include improved hoof quality, increased bone density, improved joint health and reduced muscle soreness, as well as increased tissue elasticity.  In addition, mares’ milk that contains higher Omega 3 levels can result in healthier foals, by supporting their immune system.

We use large amounts of micronised full fat linseed in both our Balancer and Muesli range to ensure that these benefits are passed on to your horse.

Typical Analysis

Protein 23%  |  Fibre 7%  |  Oil 35%  |  Digestible Energy 20.50 mj/kg  |  Starch 3.7%

(Oil Profile – Omega 3 – 18.2%  |  Omega 6 – 5.3%  |  Omega 9 – 7.7% Others 3.5%)

 

Un-mollassed Sugar beet Pulp

Known as a “superfibre” sugar beet pulp is a well-regarded feed ingredient that has many benefits for your horse. It is a high-energy feed, that has a digestible energy content that is equal to a cereal , yet it is low in starch and sugars. It is produced during the process of sugar extraction from beet pulp,it is a great source of highly digestible fibre that contains easily fermented fibre, including pectin and hemicellulose; it is also a rich and available source of calcium.

Typical Analysis

Protein 9%  |  Fibre 16%  |  Oil 0.7%  |  Digestible Energy  12mj/kg  |  Starch-<0.5  |  Sugar 5%

 

Micronised Flaked Peas

Peas, belong to a plant family known as legumes.  We have included them in our feed to provide protein, which is made up of individual amino acids.  Some of these can be synthesised by the horse whilst others have to be included in the diet and are known as “essential” – Micronised Flaked Peas are a particularly good source of essential amino acids.  Protein is required by the body to build tissues, including muscle, so is vital for the working horse, broodmares and youngstock.

Typical Analysis

Protein 26%  |  Fibre 7%  |  Oil 1.6%  |  Digestible Energy  15.4mj/kg  |  Starch 43.5

 

Whole Oats

Oats have been the traditional feed for horses. This is because they are easy to feed, oats can be fed whole and unlike other cereals they do not need to be micronised (cooked) before feeding. Oat grain, has a small starch molecule, which is highly digestible in the horse’s small intestine by the enzyme amylase thus making oats the safest grain to feed to horses in its natural form (85% starch digestion in the small intestine – Meyer 1995). Oats are the highest in fibre and contain the least amount of energy when compared to other cereals such as barley and maize.

Typical Analysis

Protein 10.75%  |  Fibre 10%  |  Oil 5.3%  |  Digestible Energy  13.8mj/kg  |  Starch 43%  |  Sugar 1.3%

 

Micronised Flaked Cereals, Maize, barley and wheat

Failure to understand the anatomy of the gastro-intestinal tract and the digestive physiology of the horse is more often than not the source of many feeding errors including nutritional management and feed formulation. As most of the goodness in these raw cereal grains is stored in this inaccessible starch structure these must first be processed to make it digestible and beneficial to the horse.

The aim of feed processing is to change the physical and/or chemical form of the raw cereal starch structure resulting in greater feed availability. Micronisation is a technique which uses the infrared wavelength as a source of energy to cook and gelatinise the starch in the grains so it becomes more digestible but without compromising the nutritional integrity.

Micronised cereal grains are therefore safer to feed than traditional raw, rolled or steamed cereal grains and we use them sparingly to increase the energy density of our diets in a safe and controllable way.

Typical analysis of Micronised Flaked Maize

Protein 8.75%  |  Fibre 2%  |  Oil 4.5%  |  Digestible Energy 14.50 mj/kg    Starch 68%

Typical analysis of Micronised Flaked Barley

Protein 11.8%  |  Fibre 5.8%  |  Oil 2.4%  |  Digestible Energy 15 mj/kg  |  Starch 54%

Typical analysis of Micronised Flaked Wheat

Protein 11%  |  Fibre 2.3%  |  Oil 2%  |  Digestible Energy 14.4 mj/kg  |  Starch 59%

 

Oat feed

Oat feed is made from the outer husks and hairs of the oat grain and is a by-product of oat milling. Oat feed is high in digestible fibre and typically lower in starch than the grain itself making it a useful addition to horse feed, particularly those which need to be higher fibre and lower starch.

Typical Analysis

Protein 5%, Fibre 29.5%, Oil 2%, Digestible Energy 5 Mj/Kg, Sugar 2%, Starch 7.5%

 

Rolled Barley

Barley is an energy dense cereal but its major nutrients (starch and some protein) are stored within an inaccessible starch structure which the horses’ digestive enzymes cannot access.  Processing grains by changing the physical form of the raw starch structure, such as rolling, makes the starch more digestible and provides the horse with greater accessibility to the goodness within. The Barley within our feeds is rolled to ensure the horse can digest it to its full extent for maximum nutritional benefit.

Typical Analysis

Protein 12.3%, Fibre 5.1%, Oil 3%, Digestible Energy 14.5 Mj/Kg, Sugar 2.5%, Starch 57%

 

Wheat feed

Wheat feed is similar to oat feed and is a by-product of the flour milling industry. Wheat feed generally consists of the outer hulls and bran which are high in fibre but also the wheat germ which contains protein, fat and vitamins and minerals. Wheat feed is a very useful feed ingredient as it is relatively nutritious, high in fibre, and lower in starch than the wheat grain itself.

Typical Analysis

Protein 17.5%, Fibre 9%, Oil 4%, Digestible Energy 11.5 Mj/Kg, Sugar 6.5%, Starch 27.5%

 

Molasses

Molasses is the syrup left over from sugar production and are added to feeds to help bind the raw materials together and improve palatability. Molasses also provide a highly digestible source of energy for working horses and ponies.

Typical Analysis

Protein 6%, Fibre 0%, Oil 0.2%, Digestible Energy 14.1 Mj/Kg, Sugar 65%, Starch 0%

 

Hipro Soya

Soya belongs to a plant family called legumes which are generally higher in protein. Hipro (High Protein) soya bean meal is rich in quality protein and is one of the best protein sources available for horses which is the reason we include it in our feeds.  Protein is made up of individual amino acids, 10 of which are essential which the horse cannot make so need to be included in the diet. Hipro soya has a fantastic amino acid profile and will provide the essential amino acids to help your horse build quality protein. Protein is vital for muscles, healthy skin, coat and hooves and for all round health and performance.

Typical Analysis

Protein 55%, Fibre 4%, Oil 2.6%, Digestible Energy 15.5 Mj/Kg, Sugar 11%, Starch 5%

 

Full Fat Soya

Full fat soya provides a valuable source of protein and fat, whilst being extremely low in starch and sugar.  It is energy dense due to its high fat content and rich in essential Omega 6 fatty acids. Full fat soya provides a useful source of lysine which is the primary limiting amino acid and must be supplied in the diet, helping the horse to build the correct proteins for optimal muscle development. Full fat soya is included our feeds to provide a superior source of fat and protein to support work and build condition.

Typical Analysis

Protein 40%, Fibre 6%, Oil 20.7%, Digestible Energy 19.3 Mj/Kg, Sugar 8.3%, Starch 3.7%

 

Rapeseed Oil

Rapeseed oil is a high-quality vegetable oil which provides a beneficial blend of essential Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids not only support joint and skin health but also support immunity due to the high antioxidant properties of Omega 9.  Rapeseed oil is encompassed into our feeds to provide your horse with these great benefits for optimum health.

Typical Analysis

Protein 0%, Fibre 0%, Oil 98.7%, Digestible Energy 40.5Mj/Kg, Sugar 0%, Starch 0%

 

Linseed Expeller

Linseed expeller is a traditional ingredient which is rich in oil and protein and is a product of the extraction of oil from linseed. The benefits of traditionally using linseed products in the diet of horses is well known because of its Omega 3 fatty acid content. Omega 3 fatty acids are special because their anti-inflammatory properties can help promote improved skin and coat condition, reduced inflammatory responses, and optimum joint health and function along with many other important health benefits.  Horses are unable to synthesise Omega 3 fatty acids so they must come from the diet.   We include linseed expeller in our feeds to provide these essential fatty acids and ensure their unique health benefits are passed on to your horse.

Typical Analysis

Protein 36%, Fibre 10.5%, Oil 2%, Digestible Energy 14.9 Mj/Kg, Sugar 4.5%, Starch 4.5%

 

Sunflower Seed Meal

Sunflower seed meal is formed after the extraction of oil from protein rich sunflower seeds. It is included in our formulations to provide an excellent source of amino acids, particularly lysine and methionine, both of which are vital for correct protein synthesis.

Typical Analysis

Protein 45%, Fibre 16%, Oil 3%, Digestible Energy 11.8 Mj/Kg, Sugar 6.5%, Starch 6%