Horse Feed Balancers

Our forage focussed horse feed balancers are of the highest quality, vitamin and mineral supplements designed to balance the total horse diet to the hay, grass, or haylage your horse eats. Forageplus balancers are formulated using scientific forage analysis with reference to the NRC guidelines.

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What do our horse feed balancers contain?

Our horse feed balancers contain excellent levels of essential nutrients and minerals, vitamins, and amino acids that your horse may not be getting in its natural diet of grass and hay. This diet is notoriously low in magnesium, copper, and zinc.

In the winter where hay is the greatest proportion of the horse diet then vitamin E will be very short. Whether you are feeding a young pony, an adult horse, or a horse with a specific condition, there are balancers aimed at specific areas to improve your horse’s health.

 

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Do horses need a balancer?

With the grass or hay that horses feed on providing minerals, it is understandable that some might assume an equine balancer is unnecessary. However, it is not just the total amount of minerals per day needed but also the ratio of minerals that counts just as much, if not more. Looking at ratios ensures horses get the right amount of magnesium, copper, and zinc whilst keeping iron and manganese low.

Using statistical analysis of our mineral data we are unique among feed companies in developing a range of essential balancers which target only those minerals which are deficient and blocked by the antagonistic effect of minerals like iron and manganese which are in excess. These formulas are based on the analysis of hundreds of samples of forage to achieve optimum health in horses. Our Forage Focused™ products allow owners to nutritionally target certain areas for optimum health. This ensures you are getting essential nutrition in a balanced feed, as well as optimal mineral requirements.

Balancers may be especially useful to horses on a forage-only diet, or of unhealthy body weight. They are also helpful for older horses and with high energy feeds for hardworking horses.

What can horse feed balancers help with?

  • strong tendons
  • healthy skin
  • vibrant, shiny coat colour
  • strong ligaments
  • a strong immune system
  • muscle tone
  • healthy nerves
  • a well functioning metabolic system
  • good fertility and bone
  • a healthy digestive system
  • strong liver function
  • healthy joints
  • healthy structurally sound and robust hooves
  • strong white lines
  • healthy frogs
  • good growth in young horses

Which daily balancers are best for my horse?

Incorporating balancer feed into your horse’s diet can help target different areas and support certain body conditions such as laminitis, a magnesium deficiency, or joint problems. We offer 9 types of nutrient-dense feed balancers, all helpful for different areas and horses.

Summer balancers

As the name suggests, these types of essential balancers are best for optimum health, body weight and performance in the summer. These types of balancer can be fed to all adult horses, including senior horses, on green and growing pasture from April – to October.

Winter balancers

Unlike summer balancers, winter horse feed essential balancers contain vitamin E, which is rarely found in winter pasture or hay and haylage. Supplement an excellent dosage of vitamin E to help keep your horse healthy throughout the winter months. These essential balancers should be fed to all adult horses including, veteran horses, from October – to April.

Performance balancers

Performance balancers are best for hard-working horses. They provide excellent amounts of minerals and amino acids to support muscles, muscle tone, ligaments, recovery, and a controlled energy release. Forage intake is often deficient in quality protein, our balancer provides good levels of protein.

Laminitis prone/good doer Balancers

This is the best balancer for horses who are prone to laminitis. It supports healthy hoof laminae and a strong hoof wall connection with essential fatty acids, high vitamin A, Vitamin D, magnesium, copper, and zinc. This balancer contains extremely low iron, starch, and sugar.

Hoof & Skin health balancers

Hoof health horse supplements also target healthy hooves using excellent levels of key nutrients to support healthy keratin formation. The mineral ratios are also matched to the common deficiencies in forage.

If your horse suffers from flaky or itchy skin, these are the best essential balancers for them. Whether in a large or small concentrated feed, these supplements provide a wide range of essential nutrition to target dry skin episodes and support the best skin health for the future.

Balancers for young horses 

With young horses, it’s essential they get excellent levels of the right vitamins and minerals to support their growth and well-being. The highest purity minerals and vitamins, matched to grass, hay, and the NRC recommendations aim to support bones, ligaments, and tendons for horses up to the age of 6 years old.

Balancers for breeding mares

For the first two trimesters of a mare’s pregnancy, they will be fed as an adult horse. In the last trimester of horse pregnancy, a more targeted approach needs to be taken. This will continue into the lactation period. We have chosen the most suitable horse essential balancer and selected separate nutritional supplements /ingredients to support the health and well-being of the pregnant mare and the growth of a strong and healthy foal. Our pregnant mare feed suggestions are based on a statistical analysis of results of forage when related to the level recommended by the NRC.

For information on horse feeding rates and health or advice on our analysis services and equine products, email us through our contact page. Or for even better results carry out an analysis of the grass or hay your horse eats and allow us to optimise your horse’s diet and health even further.

 

How to feed our Horse Feed Balancers

Want to know the best way to feed our horse feed balancers? Check out our handy video, along with the best tips here.