You will not receive a kit for this product, please lookout for an email. You will need to send this sample back to Forageplus. Postage is not included in sending the sample to us.
This analysis gives information on the nutritional value of your hay. Particularly relevant is information on sugar (ESC and WSC separately) and starch levels for laminitic horses.
The report is carried out by an international laboratory using high tech near-infrared technology to identify a full range of data – Dry Matter, Digestible Energy, Crude Protein, Acid Detergent Fibre, Neutral Detergent Fibre, Water Soluble Carbohydrates, ESC (Simple Sugars), Starch, and Non-Fibre Carbohydrates.
This information is vitally important when feeding laminitic horses. An ESC sugar and starch content of over 10% has been found to be unsuitable for laminitic horses and keeping starch and sugar content to under 10% can make a dramatic difference to these horses. This report will tell you whether you need to soak your hay or whether soaking has been enough to make your forage suitable for a laminitic horse.
Our unique horse testing reports aim to help you interpret the ratios and levels of nutrients in your forage. The information is presented in text, numbers and graphs to help you see and understand the excess and deficiencies quickly. We include detailed suggestions in the report to help you know how to balance your horse’s daily ration.
We interpret the results of all hay tests for horses and include bespoke feeding suggestions unique to your individual horse’s requirements within each report. We will ask you to supply us with your horse’s details, through an online form, after ordering your forage analysis. This report will enable us to advise on feeding amounts for healthy weight management and check daily levels of protein, sugar and starch levels. Balancing the nutritional elements coming from haylage in your horse’s daily diet is an important factor in maintaining and supporting the health of all horses and ponies.
The analysis also measures protein levels and digestible energy levels for horses so that performance horses, good-doers or horses which are hard to keep weight on can be fed accurate amounts of forage for reducing or maintaining weight. This is a report of the nutritional levels in your forage showing percentage and gram amounts in your sample. Unlike the mineral analysis, you will be required to post this sample to us at Forageplus.
A nutritional report will allow Forageplus to decide whether your horse needs additional protein and hard feed or whether just supplementing with minerals will be sufficient to cover all your horse’s nutritional needs.
Approximately 100 grams of a representative sample is needed.
This representative sample will need to be taken from a larger sample which comes from 6 – 10 bales. Reports take 10-14 working days.
Customers from outside the UK wishing to use our service will need to send samples to us at Forageplus, full instructions will be sent via email once we receive your order.