Winter Equine Balancer

5.00 out of 5
(25 customer reviews)

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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.

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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 antioxidant processes to help neutralise against free radicals 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

Compare the ingredients of Forageplus Horse Feed Balancers

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.

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
Dimensions N/A

Analysis Info

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

Each 100 grams contains:
28.89 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

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.


Feed 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.

A 50ml scoop contains approximately 45 grams.

Feeding a 400 -600kg horse this product should last you 50 days.

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FAQ Info

When should I feed this balancer?

Feed this balancer to horses, in winter, from October to April. Horses which do not have more than 6 hours 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.

What is the cost per day of a Forageplus Balancer

Forageplus Winter Balancer200-400 kg Horse400-600 kg Horse600-700 kg Horse700-800 kg Horse
Cost per day£0.82£1.10£1.37£1.65
Days one 5KG bag will last66.6504033.3
Forageplus Summer Balancer200-400 kg Horse400-600 kg Horse600-700 kg Horse700-800 kg Horse
Cost per day £0.69£0.92£1.15£1.38
Days one 5KG bag will last66.6504033.3
Forage First Pelleted Balancer200-400 kg Horse400-600 kg Horse600-700 kg Horse700-800 kg Horse
Cost per day £1.45£1.74£2.03£2.32
Days one 10KG bag will last4033.328.525

Visit this page for more information about the cost of using Forageplus horse feed supplements

Which horses suit this balancer?

Horses with healthy skin and hooves who are at maintenance or working at light to moderate level will do very well on this balancer.

If your horse needs support to develop strong hooves then consider using our Hoof Health Balancer range

If your horse needs support to develop resilient itch free skin then consider using our Skin Health Balancer range

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.

Please contact us if you have further questions.

25 reviews for Winter Equine Balancer

  1. 5 out of 5


    I am very happy with this balancer and just about to purchase another! My horses have never looked so healthy. I have used many supplements but have never noticed such a difference as I have with ForagePlus.

  2. 5 out of 5


    The winter balancer suits my Irish Draught down to the ground! We are on restricted grazing so the added vitamin E is perfect for year round use. He has a settled tum and gleams… not bad for a grey!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ida Buer (verified owner)

    I breed shetlandponies and use this product, its suites my hay perfectly and it gives all my ponies nice coat and a balanced stomach. And they eat all of it, I like that it is in powder form since the ponies like it a lot better in their feed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Olwen Law (verified owner)

    I’ve been using the winter balancer for a couple of months now with four horses. All horses are very happy to eat it mixed in with a small amount of fast fibre and are all looking well on it. I’ve now submitted grass for testing and am looking forward to getting a balancer specifically adjusted for our pasture from the very helpful people at Forageplus.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Lewis (verified owner)

    I have been feeding ForagePlus balancer a to my mare for around 2 years now – both winter and summer according to time of year. She is gleaming and the absolute picture of health. When I got her she was a typical skinny TB with a scurfy coat and flakey hooves – these balances made all the difference and she now looks more quarter horse than race horse! I never have a problem with her eating her feed with either balancer in it and wouldn’t feed anything else.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Linda O’Hare (verified owner)

    Have had my very scruffy Fell pony on the Winter Balancer for a few months as his coat and mane were showing a lot of dry hair and brown colouring when I got him. He has recently gone for schooling and the owner of the yard sent me a photo of him in his stable the first night, his coat gleamed even though it was December and he had only had a quick flick over by me with brush. As a result of how well he looks and my recommendation both the yard owner and other liveries are now using Forageplus. I am really happy with how both my ponies (both Natives living out uncliped) look and work on a hay diet with a low cal chaff and Forageplus Winter balancer.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Molly (verified owner)

    I have 3 highland ponies all of who are fed winter balancer. One of the ponies is insulin resistant and therefore has no access to grazing ever. She is fed the balancer all year round and looks wonderful on it. Her coat is shiny and her feet are the best of all 3 ponies. I would highly recommend this balancer especially if you have poor or restricted grazing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex Kane (verified owner)

    Have just started using this product and my pony’s coat is looking great! Just about to place another order

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gail (verified owner)

    Winter balancer was suggested by my instructor /yard manager & I’m so glad I went ahead. My boy is looking & feeling great, his coat is the best it’s ever been. He’s suffered with a bit of mud fever in the past but his heels are looking really good & the farrier says he’s hooves are growing really well. This is a great product & worth every penny, i look forward to using the summer one too.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Barker (verified owner)

    I bought this for my Welsh D due to him having tendon surgery and needing to be stabled for a couple of months with no access to pasture. He isn’t shod but has always struggled with white line separation and slow growing hooves. This balancer has been a game changer, coming back into work he is bright eyed and with a lovely shine to his coat, his hooves are growing well and his white line is now lovely and tight, no more picking small stones out of it!
    I can’t lie I was dubious as he’s previously turned his nose up at other powdered balancers but with a slow introduction he ate this well from day one. This is a great balancer which we will be sticking to.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Molly (verified owner)

    All 3 of my Highland ponies are on this balancer. One of them in particular is Insulin resistant so has no grass whatsoever. She is in amazing condition. I have been feeding this for a number of years and highly recommend it. It takes the worry out of ensuring that she has all the nutrients that she needs.

  12. 5 out of 5

    lkwomchj63 (verified owner)

    I have been using the winter balancer (in addition to the summer balancer) for a few years now and my horses have strong barefoot hooves that do lots of hacking out. They are healthy with beautiful coats and I don’t have problems with mud fever or thrush even in wet conditions. Thank you for these wonderful products. Keri x

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anna KG

    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 :).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Harford

    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 hoof or skin issues either!

  15. 5 out of 5


    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!

  16. 5 out of 5


    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!

  17. 5 out of 5

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    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 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.

  18. 5 out of 5


    Strong healthy hooves, a lovely glossy coat and no skin issues 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!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jane Lloyd-Francis and Georges Dewez of Carreg Dressage

    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!

  20. 5 out of 5


    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.

  21. 5 out of 5


    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!

  22. 5 out of 5


    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!

  23. 5 out of 5


    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’

  24. 5 out of 5


    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

  25. 5 out of 5


    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 :-).

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