Horse Feed Ingredients: Benefits Of High Fiber, High Fat & Low Starch Horse Feeds
Your horses health and performance are directly linked to the health of its digestive system. Horses on high fiber feeds, which closer mimics their natural high fiber and low carbohydrate diet, provides a healthier digestive tract and will allow horses to look and perform better.
High fiber diets are not necessarily new, high fiber feeds have been around for a long time. The problem with these diets in the past is that you sacrificed calories, because high-fiber ingredients are naturally lower in calories than grains. Therefore, the horse has to eat more of the feed to get the same amount of calories that are provided in a typical grain based feed.
Triple Crown Nutrition has solved that problem by incorporating quality, high calorie fiber ingredients, high levels of vegetable oil and stabilized rice bran to make up for the sacrifice in calories normally associated with high fiber diets. In addition, the use of Equimix™ helps the horse’s natural digestive system operate at peak performance by improving fermentation and digestion of key nutrients.
THE FIBER QUALITY DIFFERENCE:
A good rule of thumb used to be “the higher the fiber, the lower the calorie content”, and in a lot of cases this is still true. However, the type and quality of the fiber used in manufacturing feeds is extremely important in determining how “energy dense” the diet may be. For instance, we use shredded beet pulp as the primary fiber ingredient, providing as many calories as oats. Other quality fibers include soy hulls, wheat midds, and alfalfa meal. Fiber products such as rice hulls, oat hulls, and peanut hulls are very low in digestibility and provide only a fraction of the calories found in grain. Therefore, to what extent the old rule applies depends on the quality of fiber used in the feed.
All our beet pulp based feeds are considered “complete” in that there is enough dietary fiber in the product that the horse can thrive just by consuming the feed without any hay or pasture. However, we want horses to continue to get long stem hay or pasture for as long as they are able to graze or eat hay.
INCREASED FAT REPLACES LOST CALORIES:
Even using quality fiber ingredients, high fiber feeds are by nature going to have fewer calories than grain diets. With the advent of research in adding fat to horse diets, we can now supplement those lost calories by adding fat to the diet. By utilizing high levels of vegetable oil, flaxseed meal and stabilized rice bran, we can make up those lost calories, and even make these feeds higher in calories than typical grain diets. By utilizing both types of fat, we maximize the potential of the Omega 3 fatty acids found in rice bran and the Omega 6 fatty acids found in the vegetable oil. Omega 3’s help promote good coat condition and immune response while Omega 6’s are solely responsible for additional calories. With proper exercise and training, horses will learn to use the energy provided by fat at lower levels of activity, sparing energy required at higher levels and increasing stamina.
USE THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY:
Triple Crown Equimix uses organic minerals for improved digestion of micro minerals, probiotics to promote good intestinal health of the digestive system micoflora, and digestive enzymes to enhance the small intestines natural ability to break down nutrients. We also include kelp meal, which has been supplemented for years by horse owners with beneficial results. Currently, we are one of the only companies adding MTB-100 and Biomos, which are yeast-based products designed to neutralize challenges to the digestive system from mycotoxins found in hay and pasture and pathogenic bacteria, such as E-coli and Salmonella.
Senior and growing horses are real benefactors of this technology.
TRIPLE CROWN PRODUCTS CONTAINING HIGH-FIBER, LOW-CARBOHYDRATES AND HIGH FAT