Alfa-A Oil

Alfa-A Oil

The ultimate pure alfalfa fibre feed for fuelling hard work, improving stamina and promoting condition in horses and ponies.

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Key Features

The ultimate pure alfalfa fibre feed for fuelling hard work, improving stamina and promoting condition in horses and ponies.

The addition of rape seed oil makes this feed excellent for providing slow-release energy without the fizz. As Alfa-A Oil is free from molasses and cereal grains it is ideal for over-excitable individuals, those prone to muscle problems or Broodmares.

Key Features

  • Alfa-A Oil provides 12.5MJ/kg of slow-release energy, which is comparable to a conditioning or competition mix, but provides 10 times less starch, making it ideal for horses with ERS which research indicates benefit from a low sugar and starch diet. Click here to read about how to feed horses with ERS.
  • Alfa-A Oil is made from pure alfalfa grown in fields close to Dengie’s production sites in Essex and Lincolnshire, which has been chopped and dried at a very high temperature to lock in the natural goodness
  • Alfalfa is rich in highly digestible fibre, packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. High in protein it is ideal for helping to develop muscle tone and for muscle function
  • Alfalfa is a natural buffer to gut acidity. Independent research carried out at Texas A&M University, USA showed that alfalfa was a natural buffer to acidity in the digestive system. Feeding alfalfa was more effective at reducing the incidence of gastric ulcers than turnout on pasture 24/7. Click here to read more about the study
  • Alfa-A Oil has a high oil content, perfect for show ring condition, healthy skin and coat shine
  • No added sugar, low in starch

Respiratory Care

The alfalfa in Alfa-A Oil is dried at a very high temperature which reduces mould. Efficient extraction processes ensure Alfa-A Oil has a low dust content making it ideal for promoting respiratory health especially in performance and race horses

Ingredients & Nutritional Information

Typical analysis (%) ‘as fed’

Digestible Energy 12.5MJ/kg
Protein 14
Oil 12
Ash (mineral) 9
Fibre 27
Naturally Occurring Sugar 4.5
Starch 2
Alfa-A Oil Product

Ingredients

Alfalfa, rape seed oil.

Please note the visual appearance of the actual product may vary due to environmental conditions during growth and time of harvest.

Alfa-A Oil comes in a 20kg bale.

Feeding Guidelines

How much to feed?

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Small Pony (eg: Shetland, Welsh A)

Size Guide (hh)

9–12.2

Approx Weight (kg)

200

Light Work (kg/day)

0.5

Medium/Hard Work Or For Condition (kg/day)

1.0

Medium Pony (eg: Exmoor, New Forest)

Size Guide (hh)

12.2–13.2

Approx Weight (kg)

300

Light Work (kg/day)

0.5

Medium/Hard Work Or For Condition (kg/day)

1.5

Large Pony (eg: Connemara, Welsh D)

Size Guide (hh)

13.2–14.2

Approx Weight (kg)

400

Light Work (kg/day)

1.0

Medium/Hard Work Or For Condition (kg/day)

2.0

Small Horse (eg: Arab, small TB)

Size Guide (hh)

14.2–15.2

Approx Weight (kg)

450

Light Work (kg/day)

1.0

Medium/Hard Work Or For Condition (kg/day)

2.0

Medium Horse (eg: TB, ID cross)

Size Guide (hh)

15.2–16.2

Approx Weight (kg)

550

Light Work (kg/day)

1.5

Medium/Hard Work Or For Condition (kg/day)

2.5

Large Horse (eg: Warmblood)

Size Guide (hh)

over 16.2

Approx Weight (kg)

650

Light Work (kg/day)

1.5

Medium/Hard Work Or For Condition (kg/day)

2.5

One large Stubbs scoop = 400g

How Hard Are You Working Your Horse?

The amount and kind of work your horse or pony is doing is an important factor when calculating the quantity and type of feed to give. Alfa-A Oil provides sufficient energy to meet the requirements of working horses, even those in hard work.

NOTE: Horses are individuals and so always adjust your horse’s feed ration to suit his temperament and condition as well as his work load.

Click here to read more about assessing your horse’s workload.

How To Get The Most Out Of Feeding With Dengie Alfa-A Oil

When feeding a fibre only ration ideally the ration should be topped up with a source of vitamins and minerals such as Performance+ Balancer or Performance Vits & Mins which are both formulated with performance in mind.

Performance+ Balancer is our higher specification balancer designed for the performance horse. Based on alfalfa and linseed the balancer supplies good quality nutrients to help with coat shine and condition. We also include a full range of B vitamins, which are important for efficient energy metabolism and chelated minerals for improved absorption.

Performance Vits & Mins is a high specification broad-spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement that contains generous levels of antioxidants for horses in medium to hard work and provides a more economical alternative to feed balancers whilst still providing appropriate levels of vitamins and minerals.

Case Studies

A fibre diet can supply enough energy for a competition horse

Alicia Griffiths was initially sceptical as to whether a purely fibre diet would supply enough energy for a competition horse who spends so much time away from home. But she is completely converted now.
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Althea is now a totally different horse

When Bethan brought Althea she was a blank canvas and thanks to Alfa-A Oil she has become the pony Bethan has always dreamt of having!
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Maintaining Condition & Aiding Digestive Health

Dudley is such big horse it’s never been easy to keep weight on, but I’d never seen him look so poor. After taking him to Oakham and discovering he had ulcers, we were stuck with where his career might go; he kept losing weight and consequently felt flat, grumpy and uncomfortable – above all he was unable to do his beloved job!
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Feeding Alfa-A Oil to Promote Condition

When Helen acquired 15 years-young Sports Horse, Todd, sadly he was in poor condition.
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Stamina for Endurance

Lianna was interested in changing Holly on to a non-cereal diet as she would often become over-excitable when on a cereal diet. However, Holly still needed energy to compete at cross country, showing and endurance.
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Maintaining Condition without Fizz

Lisa Mancuso is an amateur eventer. She has always feed Hi-Fi Molasses Free to her horses, however  when Trigger arrived in November she quickly realised that he would need help maintaining condition throughout the winter.
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