This superior, high specification, ultra low iron, equine balancer has been formulated for use with performance horses in moderate to heavy work on at least 8 hours of green and growing grass.
This summer balancer is a powder, which is very low in sugar and starch, contains no fillers and only the highest purity minerals and vitamins. The Forageplus Performance Summer Equine Balancer makes the ideal accompaniment to straight feeds such as beet pulp, oats, alfalfa, copra and wheat bran although compound mixes can also be used.
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If your horse has access to less than 8 hours grazing, or hay/haylage makes up 50% or more of the diet, feed our Performance Winter Balancer version as it contains high levels of vitamin E to maintain antioxidant processes to help neutralise against free radicals in the body. Both Performance versions of our balancers have been formulated using data obtained from scientific analysis of our many samples of forage and contain only the commonly deficient minerals, vitamins and amino acids found to be needed to help balance the diet of a performance horse. All the ingredients are designed to aid optimum health and performance.
This balancer will support muscle strength and development, enhance stamina and athleticism and give your horse the extra nutrients needed to maintain a high level of performance in all activities. The minerals used are of a high quality to ensure against contamination with heavy metals and enable good absorption rates.
“Amazing! My horse has just got back from a training ride on the beach, stamina better, speed better, can’t believe that minerals balanced to the ratios in forage are making such a difference! I’ll never go back to a broad spectrum mineral feed again.” Chris Leadbetter, Lancashire.
Forageplus Summer Performance Equine Balancer matches nutrients to the forage consumed by a horse. Supplying correct levels of nutrients, as matched to ratios determined by the National Research Council, is an important consideration for horses in moderate to very hard work so that there is support and maintenance of:
- healthy skin
- healthy structurally sound and robust hooves with a strong laminae connection
- healthy frogs
- vibrant,shiny coat colour free from coat bleaching
- 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
Horses which are subjected to high levels of stress through frequent competition and or traveling may also benefit from Gut Plus for maintenance of gut health in the absence of equine ulcers. To help support the maintenance of muscles and a healthy immune system we recommend APF Pro.
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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.
Read here for info on our ultra low formulation
Oil 6.74%, Protein 19.20% and DE 7.39 MJ/kg (please note these are Kg amounts)
Each 170 gram feed level contains:
37.4 grams of micronised linseed
20 grams lysine
10 grams phosphorous (mono-sodium.phosphate)
12 grams magnesium (magnesium oxide)
400 mg copper (bioplex)
1200mg zinc (bioplex)
1.5 mg selenium (yeast)
3 mg iodine (calcium iodate)
15 grams salt
10 grams Yeasacc
2500 mg methionine
2 grams vitamin C
100 mg thiamine
50 mg riboflavin
25 mg niacin
20 mg biotin
25 mg folic acid
20 mcg vitamin B12
50 mg pyridoxine
50 mg pantothenic acid
Be aware that the above analysis for 170 grams is equivalent to elemental values fed.
The volume feed rate (170 grams) is not the same as the elemental feed rate values (above). Therefore the above figures will not equal 170 grams.
200 – 350 kg horse 130 grams per day
350 – 450 kg horse 150 grams per day
450 – 650 kg horse 170 grams per day
650 – 800 kg horse 190 grams per day
A 75ml scoop contains approximately 60 grams.
Feeding a 400 -600kg horse this product should last you 29 days.
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When should I feed this balancer?
Feed this balancer to horses in moderate to heavy work, grazing pasture in summer from April to October. Horses which do not have adequate access to green and growing pasture should be fed extra vitamin E and omega 3 (in the form of micronised linseed) all year round to ensure adequate levels of both these substances are maintained.
Which horses suit this balancer?
Horses working at moderate level to very heavy work levels will do very well on this balancer. The addition of the B vitamins will provide additional nutritional support particularly if your horse has itchy skin. For those on a predominantly hay or haylage based diet then choose our winter version of this Performance Balancer to cover vitamin E requirements.
What is the cost per day of a Forageplus Performance Balancer
|Forageplus Performance Winter||200-400 kg Horse||400-600 kg Horse||600-700 kg Horse||700-800 kg Horse
|Cost per day||£1.89||£2.16||£2.43||£2.56
|Days one 5KG bag will last||35.7||31.25||27.7||26.3
|Forageplus Performance Summer||200-400 kg Horse||400-600 kg Horse||600-700 kg Horse||700-800 kg Horse
|Cost per day ||£1.64||£1.87||£2.11||£2.22
|Days one 5KG bag will last||35.7||31.25||27.7||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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What should I feed with this balancer?
We recommend the feeding of straight feeds like beet pulp, oats, alfalfa and copra with our balancers, however compound feeds can also be used. The important thing to remember is that our minerals provide the nutrients needed to fuel the chemical reactions taking place in the body.
Having the correct ratio of minerals available, matched to forage, in a nutritionally focussed supplement works much, much better than a broad spectrum approach which is the one used in all bagged feeds.
Feed our minerals to provide optimum nutrient levels then provide your energy requirements from a range of straight feeds. If you need advice then contact us as we are experts in this field due to drag hunting our horses through winter and competing in endurance through summer.
Read this article to find out more about optimum feed for performance horses
What about electrolytes?
Our balancer supplies 15 grams of salt per 170 gram dose, this is above the normal amount needed to match what is commonly deficient in most forages. However if your horse sweats heavily for more than 1 hour we would advise the addition of another 20 grams of salt in the horses feed after exercise and drinking. If your horses is sweating more than this then contact us for advice.
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.