This Forage FocusedTM equine balancer, for summer horse feeding, has been formulated for advanced supplementation of young horses in work, up to the age of 6. The formula has been devised using data obtained from scientific analysis of our many samples of forage and optimum levels of minerals as directed by the National Research Council guidelines for growing youngsters.
It has been carefully formulated to contain only the commonly deficient minerals, vitamins and amino acids found to be needed to match ratios in forage and support the optimum, healthy growth of bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
All ForageplusTM Balancers are very low in sugar and starch; contain no fillers and only the highest purity minerals and vitamins. The minerals used are of high quality to ensure against contamination with heavy metals and enable good absorption rates. ForageplusTM recommends this balancer be used with horses with access to more than 6 hours of good grazing and the straights; alfalfa, beet pulp, wheat bran, copra or rice bran with this supplement. The feeding of these straights will compliment both the balancer and the general profile of forage in the UK and Europe, whilst adding useful additional minerals and protein to support the healthy growth of young horses.
We recommend feeding the Winter Version with additional micronised linseed throughout the winter months or if a horse is on a predominantly hay/haylage diet through the summer months. For best results, feed 42 grams per 220 kg of bodyweight of micronised linseed to provide correct levels of essential omega 3 fat. Omega 3 fat is not contained in winter grass and is destroyed during the hay/haylage curing process so is poorly available to a horse on a hay/haylage diet.
Where horses are sweating during work, for extended periods of time (1 -2 hours) then supplementing salt at 20 – 50 grams per day, after drinking, will also be beneficial to support and maintain healthy growth and performance.
Please note that to be completely sure that your working youngstock is receiving optimum levels of protein and minerals, Forageplus advises both a nutritional and mineral analysis of the forage being fed so we can check levels for you and optimise your horse’s diet and health even further.
Forageplus WORKING Young-Horse Plus Summer 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 extremely important consideration when maintaining and supporting:
- healthy growth of young bones and joints
- 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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This product is particularly useful for those unable to take forage samples for analysis or those wishing to add further products from a base that contains no iron or manganese but good levels of copper, zinc and magnesium.
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