Healthy Hooves Molasses Free 2023

Healthy Hooves Molasses Free

A nutritionally-balanced, low-sugar and starch feed for promoting healthier joints and stronger hooves. Ideal for those prone to laminitis.


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Key Features

Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is a nutritionally-balanced, low-sugar and starch feed for promoting healthier joints and stronger hooves. Ideal for those prone to laminitis.

  • A blend of soft cereal straw with chopped and pelleted nutrient-rich alfalfa
  • Contains no added sugar (2.5%) and low in starch (1.5%)
  • Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is low in calories, providing 8.5MJ/kg of Digestible Energy
  • A light rapeseed oil coating provides slow-release energy and coat shine
  • Includes garlic to tempt fussy horses and ponies
  • The addition of Methyl Sulfonyl Methane, commonly known as MSM, provides a source of bio-available sulphur, which is particularly important for hooves. Sulphur is needed to bond keratin fibres together in the unique way that gives hoof horn its hardness and flexibility
  • Dengie low calorie feeds typically contain around 0.2-0.25% sulphur. The addition of MSM increases the level in Healthy Hooves Molasses Free by around 30%
  • High quality forages such as alfalfa are abundant in natural vitamins and minerals. In low calorie formulations where straw is included to bring the calorie value down, the mineral levels are also reduced. The use of premixes and ingredients such as MSM help to counter this effect.
  • Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is packed with B vitamins including biotin at levels that research has shown to improve hoof quality. When fed at the recommended rates it will provide a 500kg horse with 15mg of biotin per day
  • Increased levels of key trace minerals that are most likely to be deficient in forage
  • Introducing chelated or organic forms of key trace minerals selenium, copper and zinc
  • Organic minerals are more bio-available to the horse
  • Ideal for horses in light work, good do-ers and laminitis prone horses
  • When fed at the recommend rate (500g per 100kg bodyweight) Healthy Hooves Molasses Free will provide your horse with a balanced diet

Proven nutrients for healthy hooves

Several studies have been conducted into how much biotin a horse requires. A study published in the Equine Vet Journal (1992), found that greater growth rates and hardness of hooves was achieved at a daily feeding rate of 15mg of biotin than at 7.5mg in horses’ diets. The level of biotin included in Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free has been formulated accordingly and thus when fed at the recommended rates will provide a 500kg horse with 15mg of biotin per day.

Research published in the Vet Record (1987) demonstrated that alfalfa increases the quality and quantity of horn growth which was attributed to the highly available calcium and essential amino acids found naturally in alfalfa.

Ingredients & Nutritional Information

Typical analysis (%) ‘as fed’

Digestible Energy 8.5MJ/kg
Protein 9
Oil 5
Ash (mineral) 9.5
Fibre 27
Naturally Occurring Simple Sugar 2.5
Water Soluble Carbohydrate (WSC) 3.5 - 5
Starch 1.5
Copper 20mg/kg
Selenium 0.3mg/kg
Zinc 75mg/kg
Biotin 6mg/kg
Healthy Hooves Molasses Free Product


Alfalfa pellets, straw pellets, cereal straw, alfalfa, rapeseed oil, vitamin and mineral premix, Methyl Sulfonyl Methane, garlic.

The visual appearance of the actual product may vary due to environmental conditions during growth and time of harvest.

Healthy Hooves Molasses Free comes in a 20kg bale

Feeding Guidelines

How much to feed?


Small Pony (eg: Welsh Pony, Exmoor)

Size Guide (hh)

9 – 13

Approx Weight (kg)


Bucket Feed per Day

1kg or 2 scoops

Large Pony (eg: Fell)

Size Guide (hh)

13.1 – 14.2

Approx Weight (kg)


Bucket Feed per Day

1.5kg or 3 scoops

Small Horse (eg: Arab)

Size Guide (hh)

14.3 – 15.2

Approx Weight (kg)


Bucket Feed per Day

2kg or 4 scoops

Medium Horse (eg: Thoroughbred)

Size Guide (hh)

15.3 – 16.2

Approx Weight (kg)


Bucket Feed per Day

2.5kg or 5 scoops

Large Horse (eg: Warmblood)

Size Guide (hh)

Over 16.3

Approx Weight (kg)


Bucket Feed per Day

3kg or 6 scoops

Feed 500g of Healthy Hooves Molasses Free per 100kg of your horse's bodyweight. Fibre weighs very little compared to mixes or cubes. It is important to weigh your scoop to ensure that you are feeding the correct amount. A large Stubbs scoop holds approximately 500grams.

Top tips for managing horse and ponies prone to Laminitis

  • Soaking hay reduces the sugar content
  • Use small holed nets to make hay last longer
  • Use low calorie fibre feeds such as Hi-Fi Lite alongside hay to provide more variety in your horse or pony’s ration
  • Use late cut hay that is stalky as it will have a lower calorie content
  • Use a grazing muzzle – research has shown it can reduce grass intake by around 75%
  • Increase exercise – even if it doesn’t promote weight loss it helps to reduce the risk of insulin resistance which is a contributing factor to laminitis
  • Avoid cereal mixes or cubes – only half a scoop of low energy mix provides enough energy for 20 minutes schooling
  • For more information on managing horses and ponies prone to laminitis see Feeding Horses or Ponies prone to laminitis and our Laminitis Guide

Working out the best feed for a horse or pony that is prone to Laminitis can be very worrying and stressful, but our team of highly experienced and qualified nutritionists are here to help. Call the Dengie Feedline on 01621 841188 or email [email protected]

Click here to read more about assessing your horse’s workload.

How To get The Most Out Of Feeding Healthy Hooves Molasses Free

Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is designed to be fed as the sole bucket feed alongside your horse’s normal hay/haylage ration. It is important that it is fed at the recommended quantities in order to provide the levels of nutrients your horse or pony requires; feeding less may affect condition and performance. If using less than recommended quantities, a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement should be used alongside. Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is intended for horses and ponies at rest or in light work if fed as the sole bucket feed.

Case Studies

Senior horse living an active lifestyle

Dermot is a 21-year-old Connemara who, despite being in his senior years, still lives a very active lifestyle. Dermot has poor dentition; various diastemas and having had three teeth removed means he struggles to chew hay effectively and requires a partial forage replacer ration.
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A happy and healthy miniature horse

Shane O’Connor first got in contact with the Dengie feedline back in June 2020 for some feeding advice for his 30inch Falabella Shammy who needed to lose some weight. Shane was concerned Shammy may get laminitis if he didn’t do something to get her weight and diet under control.
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Paddy’s Weight Loss Success Story

When Lauren brought Paddy, he weighed more than the weigh tape would allow her to measure – around 710kg on the weighbridge.
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Jake loses 99kg!

Emma Williams got in touch to arrange a diet clinic after her horse, Jake, was diagnosed with EMS. “I keep him on a cattle farm” explained Emma, “where the grazing is fantastic but not ideal for a 15hh Connemara who’s a good-doer! He gradually piled on the pounds and before I knew it he was very round!”
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Customer Reviews


  1. Sophie McNiven

    This is honestly the best chaff!! My horse is borderline EMS and this chaff makes sure he gets all the nutrition he needs whilst also being very low in sugar. He is 17 and still out competing. Thank you Dengie.

  2. Nikki Leslie

    My horse is such a fuss pot and hasn’t got the greatest feet, but he loves Healthy Hooves! I’ve been feeding this for around 10 months and have noticed such an improvement in his feet, even my farrier compliments them!

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