Dengie's Conditioning Fibre Feeds Explained
Some horses do not maintain their body weight easily and it can prove a real challenge to keep them at the perfect weight. Ideally, your horse's ribs shouldn’t be visible, but they should be easily felt if you run your hand along their side.
A common complaint from horse owners is that their horse hasn't got enough topline. This is achieved through the horse working correctly and the diet supplying sufficient quality protein to build muscle.
Alfalfa provides the quality protein essential for improving topline, muscle condition and repair. Naturally low in sugar and starch, independent research has also shown that alfalfa is a natural buffer to acidity in the digestive tract.
Below we explain the benefits and features of each of the Dengie conditioning fibres feeds that are based on alfalfa.
Alfa-A Oil - the ultimate pure alfalfa fibre feed
Dengie's highest calorie fibre feed based on alfalfa and rapeseed oil provides 12.5MJ/kg of Digestible Energy - a comparable energy level to a stud or conditioning mix. Displaying the BETA Feed Mark for Equines Prone to EGUS it is low in starch and sympathetic to the digestive system providing slow- release energy for horses in hard work. Supplying good quality protein and no added sugar Alfa-A Oil promotes weight gain and condition without excitability. Alfa-A Oil has a high oil content, perfect for show ring condition, healthy skin and coat shine. Free from molasses, preservatives, cereal grains and GM ingredients.
Alfa-A Molasses Free - added herbs to tempt the fussiest of horses
Alfa-A Molasses Free is naturally low in sugar and starch at 4.5% and 2% respectively, but is packed full of tasty extras such as real mint, fenugreek and alfalfa pellets and so this conditioning fibre feed will tempt the fussiest of horses. Alfa-A Molasses Free is suitable for horses that require a low level of sugar and starch in their diet, such as those prone to laminitis, but that are working or need help to gain weight. Alfa-A Molasses Free is Laminitis Trust Approved.
Alfa-Beet - aids hydration and easy to chew
The combination of alfalfa and unmolassed sugar beet pulp provides 'slow-release' energy in the form of highly digestible fibre, making it ideal for weight gain without over-exuberance. It's quick and easy to soak - either 15min hot soak or 2 hour cold soak. Ideal for older horses and ponies that struggle to chew or those that have dental problems such as diastemas. During the winter some horses may drink less, and dehydration has been associated with an increased risk of impaction colic. Adding, Alfa-Beet to the ration provides an additional method to help keep your horse hydrated.
Healthy Tummy - fully balanced to promote gut health
A fully balanced fibre feed based on alfalfa with high specification ingredients to promote gut health. Healthy Tummy contains Protexin In-Feed Formula which supplies prebiotics and yeast to maintain gut health. A high specification of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins plus additional magnesium and calcium are included. A tasty herbal blend aids palatability whilst a light rapeseed oil coating has been included for slow-release energy and coat shine.
Top 'feeding for condition' tips
- Feed your horse little and often: choose high-fibre, non-heating feeds.
- Ensure hay or haylage is of good quality - sweet-smelling, free from dust/mould spores.
- Try to allow your horse ad-lib access to a forage source such as hay or haylage, especially when stabled.
- Feed your horse a yeast culture to encourage efficient fibre digestion in the hind gut.
- Make sure vitamin and mineral requirements are being met. If necessary, top up with a broad-spectrum supplement such as Dengie Performance Vits & Mins or a balancer such as Dengie Alfa-A Balancer.
If you are looking for a conditioning fibre feed that doesn't contain alfalfa then take a look at Dengie Meadow Grass range. Made from Lincolnshire's finest meadow grasses and oil grown by UK farmers.
If you would like the Dengie nutrition team to review your horse or pony's diet, click here or alternatively call the Dengie Feedline on 0845 345 5115 (call charges may apply)