Where can I find the nutritional analysis of your products?
Does the Pure Feeds range need to be soaked?
None of our other feeds need to be soaked. We do however suggest that you dampen well with water prior to feeding.
Why don’t we use alfalfa in our feeds?
Are our feeds suitable for laminitics?
Our Pure Balance, Pure Fibre Balance and Pure Easy are all suitable to feed to a horse or pony that may have previously had laminitis, or horses that have other conditions that require them to have a low sugar and starch diet. They are all fibre based and contain no molasses or wholegrain cereals. This means that the combined sugar and starch level is less than 10%. They are all low calorie and also all contain our balancer so will ensure that your horse is getting all the essential daily nutrients that they require, including vitamins and minerals. This is especially important for horses that have a history of laminitis for example and who may be on a restricted diet. Our Pure Working also has a combined sugar and starch level of less than 10%. The higher oil content of the Pure Working makes it suitable to feed to a horse that needs a low starch diet, due to laminitis for example, but that is also underweight and needs to gain some condition. Using oil in the feed helps to provide the horse with extra calories, in a safe way. Our Veteran range consists of our Pure Veteran Mix and Pure Veteran Pellets. Both of these feeds are suitable to feed to older horses that have previously had laminitis or other similar conditions that require them to have a low sugar and starch diet. Our Pure+ electrolyte supplement is also suitable to feed to a laminitic as the sugar content is less than 5%.
How do I introduce a new feed to my horse?
Why should I feed my horse a balancer?
When should I feed an electrolyte?
Electrolytes are lost on a daily basis by the horse through sweat, urine and faeces. The horse cannot produce these electrolytes themselves so they must be provided by the diet. Electrolyte deficiency or imbalance can lead to lethargy and reduced or poor performance as well as tying-up or gastro-intestinal problems. All horses that are in a good level or regular work should be fed an electrolyte, it is particularly important when the weather is warmer or the horse is sweating a lot.
Is Pure+ Respiratory suitable for a horse that is showing signs of respiratory stress?
Yes the Pure+ Respiratory supplement is suitable to feed. It can be used alongside any of our feeds. It is important to stick to the recommended feeding rates. The Pure+ Respiratory contains a combination of Vitamin C and E which work together as anti-oxidants and help to soothe the airways. It also contains MSM and trace elements. Together these help to reduce the symptoms of a cough, mucous and nasal discharge. It can be added to the feed as a daily supplement. One tub will last an average 500kg horse roughly 1 month.
In any case where you have concerns about your horse’s health we would always suggest to seek your vets advice and get them to assess your horse.
When should I feed Pure+ Gut Support?
Pure+ Gut Support is a digestive aid to support the horse’s natural digestive process. It contains a combination of pre and probiotics to help maintain normal hindgut acidity and aid the digestion of fibre. Pure+ Gut Support can be used if your horse is showing signs of digestive upset such as loose stools or when changing their diet; whether this is a different type of hay or haylage, moving them to a new field or changing their feed.
Why is fibre so important?
The hind gut (caecum and large intestine) is the site of fermentation of fibre. Microorganisms within the hindgut of the horse digest the fibre and produce volatile fatty acids (VFA’s). The horse utilises these VFA’s as a source of energy. A diet which is high in fibre produces a weaker type of VFA which helps to maintain the acidity of the hindgut. However a diet which is high in cereal grains and starch produces much stronger VFA’s, this in turn increases the acidity of the hindgut making it too acidic for these microorganisms to withstand. This can lead to problems such as colic, laminitis and hind gut acidosis.
How much can I safely feed in one meal?
So for example a 500kg horse should be fed no more than 2kg in one feed.
Horses or ponies with certain conditions, for example cushings or PPID should be fed smaller more frequent feeds.