Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is a nutritionally-balanced, low-sugar and starch feed for promoting healthy hooves. Ideal for those prone to laminitis.
Several studies have been conducted into how much biotin a horse requires. A study published in the Equine Vet Journal (1992), found that greater growth rates and hardness of hooves was achieved at a daily feeding rate of 15mg of biotin than at 7.5mg in horses’ diets. The level of biotin included in Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free has been formulated accordingly and thus when fed at the recommended rates will provide a 500kg horse with 15mg of biotin per day.
Research published in the Vet Record (1987) demonstrated that alfalfa increases the quality and quantity of horn growth which was attributed to the highly available calcium and essential amino acids found naturally in alfalfa.
Typical analysis (%) ‘as fed’
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Cereal straw, alfalfa pellets, dried alfalfa, rape seed oil, garlic, vitamin and mineral premix.
The visual appearance of the actual product may vary due to environmental conditions during growth and time of harvest.
Healthy Hooves Molasses Free comes in a 20kg bale
Small Pony (eg: Welsh Pony, Exmoor)
9 – 13
1kg or 2 scoops
Large Pony (eg: Fell)
13.1 – 14.2
1.5kg or 3 scoops
Small Horse (eg: Arab)
14.3 – 15.2
2kg or 4 scoops
Medium Horse (eg: Thoroughbred)
15.3 – 16.2
2.5kg or 5 scoops
Large Horse (eg: Warmblood)
3kg or 6 scoops
Feed 500g of Healthy Hooves Molasses Free per 100kg of your horse's bodyweight. Fibre weighs very little compared to mixes or cubes. It is important to weigh your scoop to ensure that you are feeding the correct amount. A large Stubbs scoop holds approximately 500grams.
Working out the best feed for a horse or pony that is prone to Laminitis can be very worrying and stressful, but our team of highly experienced and qualified nutritionists are here to help. Call the Dengie Feedline on 0845 345 5115 or email [email protected]
Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is designed to be fed as the sole bucket feed alongside your horse’s normal hay/haylage ration. It is important that it is fed at the recommended quantities in order to provide the levels of nutrients your horse or pony requires; feeding less may affect condition and performance. If using less than recommended quantities, a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement should be used alongside. Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is intended for horses and ponies at rest or in light work if fed as the sole bucket feed.
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Emma Williams got in touch to arrange a diet clinic after her horse, Jake, was diagnosed with EMS. “I keep him on a cattle farm” explained Emma, “where the grazing is fantastic but not ideal for a 15hh Connemara who’s a good-doer! He gradually piled on the pounds and before I knew it he was very round!”
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Unfortunately it is true that you can have too much of a good thing. 10-year-old Irish Draught Highgrove Harry (aka Harry) piled on the pounds when the grazing at his yard was just too good to resist. Owner, Donna King arranged for her vet to visit who diagnosed laminitis and Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) plus a review of his diet and day-to-day management.
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Symptoms including itchiness, over-excitable or irritable behaviour and loose droppings are often described as allergies by horse owners and are attributed to various different ingredients including molasses and alfalfa. But can horses have allergies? Are they truly allergic reactions and if so, how do we best manage them?
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