Winter Equine Balancer

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This ultra low iron, equine balancer has been formulated for winter feeding using data obtained from scientific analysis of our many samples of forage. It contains only the commonly deficient minerals found to be needed to balance a forage based diet.

All Forageplus Balancers are powders, are very low in sugar and starch, contain no fillers and only the highest purity minerals and vitamins. The balancers are best carried in a high fibre, fast soak feed or chop of your choice. If your horse is on a reduced grass or hay/haylage only diet then Winter Balancer is perfect as it contains high levels of vitamin E to maintain anti-oxidant processes in the body.

Forageplus recommends the feeding of additional micronised linseed throughout the winter months or if a horse is on a predominantly hay/haylage diet. This will ensure good levels of the essential fat omega 3 to maintain and support excellent health.

This product is particularly useful for those unable to take forage samples for analysis or those wishing to add further products from a base which contains no iron or manganese but good levels of copper, zinc and magnesium. 

“My horse has looked stunning all winter on your product.  His skin on his heels has remained without sores or mud fever, a great product and makes so much sense once you understand about ratios and matching minerals to the levels found in hay or haylage”.  Martina Fox, Wirral

Forageplus Winter Equine Balancer matches nutrients to the forage consumed by a horse. Supplying correct levels of nutrients in forage, as matched to ratios determined by the National Research Council, is an important consideration when maintaining and supporting:

healthy skin
healthy frogs
vibrant, shiny coat colour
robust tendons, ligaments and joints
a strong immune system
healthy muscles
healthy nerves
healthy lungs and breathing
a well functioning metabolic system
good fertility and bone
a healthy digestive system
strong liver function
healthy joints
healthy structurally sound and robust hooves with a strong laminae connection
good growth in young horses


The minerals used are of a good quality to ensure against contamination with heavy metals and enable good absorption rates. We use a particularly low form of magnesium oxide in our balancers, please read here  for info on our ultra low formulation.

Oil 7.43%, Protein 16.73% and DE 6.98 MJ/kg (Please note these amounts are per Kg)

Each 100 grams contains:
21 grams of micronised linseed
10 grams lysine
5 grams phosphorous (mono-sodium phosphate)
12 grams magnesium (magnesium oxide)
400 mg copper (bioplex)
1200mg zinc (bioplex)
2mg iodine (calcium iodate)
1 mg selenium (yeast)
5 grams salt
2000 iu vitamin E oil


When should I feed this balancer?

Feed this balancer to horses, in winter, from October to April. Horses which do not have adequate access to green and growing pasture should be fed our winter version balancers all year round to ensure adequate levels of vitamin E are maintained. Find out about Vitamin E and it's importance here.

Which horses suit this balancer?

Horses which have no hoof problems and are at maintenance or working at light to moderate level will do very well on this balancer. If your horse is working at moderate to heavy work loads then choose our Performance Balancer. To specifically support strong hooves and healthy laminae connection then choose our Hoof Health Balancer which with the addition of the B vitamins will provide additional nutritional support particularly if your horse has itchy skin.

Please contact us if you have further questions.

Feeding rates:

200 – 400 kg horse 75 grams per day

400 – 600 kg horse 100 grams per day

600 – 700 kg horse 125 grams per day

700 – 800 kg horse 150 grams per day

4.71 out of 5

14 reviews for Winter Equine Balancer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rating by brucea on August 16, 2013 :

    We’ve had our little laminitic and PPID driving pony on the Winter Balancer for most of the summer. Bramble had a severe episode of laminitis in the spring, despite great care with his diet and a grass free environment. He was also struggling with RAO which was severe enough to need nebulising at least twice a day. It wasn’t looking good for him. His ACTH levels were tested high and Prascend has made a big difference to him, and surprisingly made a very big difference to the manageability of the RAO.

    The addition of the Winter Balancer has been part of the big picture for him, supporting his optimum nutritional health.

    Winter Balancer has also helped with the inappetence problem, once we started to get him to eat it of course, but he has gone from leaving his bucket to polishing off a good size bucket twice a day and we are seeing his condition improving and he is putting healthy condition back on. After his initial reluctance to try it, he seems to like the “tang” of the minerals in his feed!

    Winter Equine Balancer has definitely been one of the pieces in the jigsaw of nutritionally supporting this pony while getting back to better health. We had been feeding minerals for over a year, but the mix from Forageplus seems to be more effective than the self assembled mix I was using – and Sarah has done all the hard sums for me :-).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rating by mousey1 on August 28, 2013 :

    This product has changed my life! and my horse’s lives!

    After some short sharp learning after my pony foundering and seemingly becoming IR I finally gave in and bought this product to nutritionally support and maintain his health.

    I wish I had done this two years ago when the problems peaked. Now 6 months on and we have 1/2 a tight hoof capsule and things are looking much better and the management of their weight and metabolism much easier.
    Coupled with this is their coat colour which is much deeper. The balancer is also supporting health WITHOUT head-shaking 80% of the time!!! phenomenal – this horse head shook on his own in the field and wouldn’t eat some-days it was so bad. He still gets an itchy upper lip and has some…erm….behavioural head-shaking and the true but useful head-shaking as a barometer on hot days when it is about to rain but I have a NEW improved version of the horse I loved before. Its truly phenomenal and unexpected!

    I am learning everyday the changes supporting nutritional health is causing and seeing as this is the only change (as I already fixed restricting grass, movement, trim and ad lib soaked hay) it is truly amazing!!!

    Thanks Sarah xx

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Nina13 on August 29, 2013 :

    I started my black Welsh Section D on this last winter. She had a really sparse coat the previous year which had gone an odd colour, tinged with ginger. The difference was amazing, she was very shiny and properly ‘black’

  4. 1 out of 5

    Rating by dalhaikie on September 12, 2013 :

    5 horses & ponies started on a balanced feed plan using the winter balancer in January. I use the winter balancer all year round because I use a paddock paradise system where hay is the predominant forage. Why oh why didn’t I do this sooner!! Warmblood now holding weight, hooves no longer cracked or showing incident lines, calmer horse, shiny coat! All ponies have shed their excess weight nice & gradually, seemingly without effort. After years of sweat & literally tears to get them to do so! Itchy skin settled, tender feet no longer so and, most glorious of all, new mane growth that is either luxurious for those whose growth was slow, and/or shiny black where previously it was frizzy, coarse & sun-bleached, tired looking. All so much more spritely, chill & altogether we smile! Thank you Forageplus.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Natasharoot on September 23, 2013 :

    Winter balancer has enabled me to keep my thoroughbred ex-race horse barefoot. Yes, a barefoot thoroughbred!! He looks fantastic. Lovely coat and great healthy hooves. He also loves the taste and licks his feed bowl clean every time. Thank you very much!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rating by michellep on October 29, 2013 :

    I’ve had my horse on this balancer for about three months now and not only is his hoof wall growing down at a tighter angle but the constant splitting and cracking of his hoof walls is pretty much a thing of the past. I’m also finding he’s less prone to infection in his feet and some skin irritations and scabs that wouldn’t shift have cleared up all by themselves. I really do recommend it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Jane Lloyd-Francis and Georges Dewez of Carreg Dressage on December 22, 2014 :

    Capriole, our Lippizaner mare, is 30 this year and despite the huge gaps between her teeth she is doing well – mainly due to the support and products of Forageplus.
    Capriole has just moved onto the Winter Balancer from the Summer balancer and has top quality Joint-Plus.
    We are delighted with the results.
    Capriole thanks Forage Plus for supported digestion and joints that creak less. I think we might try it ourselves!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Scarcar on February 27, 2015 :

    Strong healthy hooves, a lovely glossy coat and no mud fever despite a horrible winter. My 18 year old is in fab condition. She was injured at the start of autumn and had 6 weeks of box rest, I think the balancer really supported her recovery and rehab period as well. Wish you did one for dogs!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rating by on March 24, 2015 :

    I’ve used this balancer for two winters now and it’s an excellent product. I have had no mud fever at all since starting using it – as it supports and maintains healthy hooves – despite the fact that we used to really struggle with it and had had no luck with a wide range of other products. My horse even lived out all winter this year for the first time ever and still no mud fever or thrush.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rating by ellerkincato on May 7, 2015 :

    My supersensitive lad has been on this low iron balancer since January and this, combined with FP’s low iron magox, has made a noticeable improvement to both feet and tummy – happy in his general wellbeing. He is on restricted grazing in summer so will keep him on this all year. Thanks FP!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Aperrott on February 21, 2017 :

    I have used this balancer for two winters on two horses, both maintained their coats, skin and hooves beautifully!!
    I have a lot to thank Forageplus for as my 18 year old horse looked a picture of health right up until the day I sadly lost her! I would strongly recommend Forageplus products to everyone!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rating by Rosie Harford on April 11, 2017 :

    Almost through my first 5kg tub of Winter Balancer and another of Micronised Linseed. My horse’s coat is looking amazing and his (barefoot) feet are super healthy and robust. Will carry on buying. It is a great feeling when people are unable to believe that we got through Winter living out 24/7 in a very muddy field with absolutely NO mud fever either!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rating by on July 12, 2017 :

    My 3 ponies are on the winter balancer, as recommended by the Forageplus team.

    2 are 29 years old, and are now behaving like 5 year olds!

    Better feet, better coats and better mental attitude.

    Thank you from the 3 amigos: Izzy, Wizzy and Teddy xx

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rating by on April 10, 2018 :

    Great balanced product.
    I love that Forageplus has actually taken heed of research and made a good mineral balancer. It fits my small driving pony very well :).

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