This ultra low iron, equine balancer has been formulated for superior hoof and skin health using data obtained from scientific analysis of our many samples of forage. It contains only the commonly deficient minerals, vitamins and amino acids found to be needed to help develop optimum hoof and skin health.
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In addition we have formulated our product so that it is the ultimate balancer covering all your horse’s other needs as long as he/she is on a forage based diet and in maintenance, light or moderate work.
All Forageplus Balancers are powders, are very low in sugar and starch, contain no fillers and only the highest purity minerals and vitamins for the lowest iron formulation. The minerals used are of a high quality to ensure against contamination with heavy metals and enable good absorption rates.
Forageplus Balancers can be 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 Forageplus Winter Hoof & Skin Health Balancer is perfect as it contains high levels of vitamin E to maintain antioxidant processes to help neutralise against free radicals in the body. We add this to our full range of winter balancers.
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.
“Can’t believe this product, the minerals, protein and vitamins in this product are top notch and have resulted in amazing changes to my horse’s hooves, stronger, great looking white line, a new angle, strong frogs and hoof wall. Best of all the itching my horse had which I just thought I had to deal with has gone, WOW thanks Forageplus for your forage focused approach, it makes such sense RESULT!” V.A. Bennett, Derbyshire
Forageplus Winter Hoof & Skin Health 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 structurally sound, crack and brittle free, robust hooves with a strong laminae connection
- healthy frogs
- healthy skin
- 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
- good growth in young horses
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We also stock a summer version in our hoof and skin range for when there is plenty of green forage available in your horses diet.
Learn more about winter feeding, take a look at our top tips for winter feeding.
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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.
The minerals used are of a good quality to ensure against contamination with heavy metals and enable good absorption rates.
We use particularly low forms of mono-sodium phosphate and magnesium oxide in our balancers.
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Oil 5.80%, Protein 17.35% and DE 6.70 MJ/kg (Please note these are in Kg amounts)
Each 100 grams contains:
21.17 grams of micronised linseed
12 grams magnesium (low iron magnesium oxide)
10 grams lysine
5 grams salt
5 grams phosphorous (low iron mono-sodium phosphate)
3 grams methionine
1200 mg zinc (bioplex)
400 mg copper (bioplex)
1 mg selenium (yeast)
2mg iodine (calcium iodate)
2000 iu vitamin E oil
30 mg biotin
100 mg vitamin B1 thiamine
100 mg vitamin B6 pyridoxine
20 mg folic acid
Be aware that the above analysis for 100 grams is equivalent to elemental values fed.
The volume feed rate (100 grams) is not the same as the elemental feed rate values (above). Therefore the above figures will not equal 100 grams.
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.
A 50ml scoop contains approximately 48 grams.
Feeding a 400-600kg horse this product should last you 50 days.
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When should I feed this Forageplus balancer?
Feed this balancer to horses and ponies in maintenance to light work, in winter, from October to April. Horses which do not have adequate access to green and growing pasture should be fed this version all year round to ensure adequate levels of vitamin E are maintained. We advise feeding 42 grams per 220kg of horse bodyweight of micronised linseed with this balancer to provide essential omega three fat, through the winter months or if the animal is not on greeen and growing pasture for more than 6 hours per day.
What is the cost per day of a Forageplus Hoof and Skin Health Balancer
|Forageplus Hoof & Skin Health Winter||200-400 kg Horse||400-600 kg Horse||600-700 kg Horse||700-800 kg Horse
|Cost per day||£0.96||£1.29||£1.61||£1.93
|Days one 5KG bag will last||66.6||50||40||33.3
|Forageplus Hoof & Skin Health Summer||200-400 kg Horse||400-600 kg Horse||600-700 kg Horse||700-800 kg Horse
|Cost per day ||£0.83||£1.11||£1.39||£1.67
|Days one 5KG bag will last||66.6||50||40||33.3
|Forageplus Laminae Plus||200-400 kg Horse||400-600 kg Horse||600-700 kg Horse||700-800 kg Horse
|Cost per day ||£1.51||£1.89||£2.14||£2.40
|Days one 5KG bag will last||41.6||33.3||29.4||26.3
|Forage First Pelleted Balancer||200-400 kg Horse||400-600 kg Horse||600-700 kg Horse||700-800 kg Horse
|Cost per day ||£1.45||£1.74||£2.03||£2.32
|Days one 10KG bag will last||40||33.3||28.5||25
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Which horses suit this Forageplus balancer?
Horses on winter grazing or a restricted grass diet which specifically need optimum support for strong hooves and skin. The addition of the B vitamins will provide additional nutritional support particularly if your horse has itchy skin. High levels of copper, zinc and biotin will provide nutritional support for various hoof and skin issues.
Horses 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 consider using Forageplus Performance Balancer
If your horse is a laminitis prone horse on older hay without access to grazing then consider using Forageplus Laminae Plus Balancer
How does Forageplus formulate their horse feed balancers?
We have a very different approach to the levels of nutrients which starts with the grass, hay or haylage horses eat. Find out more about how we use statistical analysis of hundreds of scientific reports of forage to formulate the levels in our horse feed balancers here.