A nutritionally balanced, low-calorie, high-fibre feed for leisure horses and ponies, containing essential nutrients for healthy hooves.
Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is approved by The Laminitis Trust.
Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is a new tasty twist on an old favourite, with just one thing missing – the added sugar! It’s still a complete feed with no need for any extras, packed with essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to help keep horses and ponies looking and feeling fabulous, and their feet in great condition.
The latest addition to the Dengie range – with a splash of rape seed oil added to replace the molasses – has been developed following requests for a molasses-free feed from customers. “Levels of key nutrients such as biotin are just the same, as we know they work,” says technical manager Katie Williams, who is responsible for creating this low-calorie formulation.
Healthy Hooves Molasses Free contains just 2.5 per cent sugar, which is found naturally in the fibrous ingredients. “Even straw and alfalfa contain some sugar – feed is rarely, if ever, sugar-free,” Katie adds.
Starch levels are also extremely low, at just 1.5 per cent, because the feed is completely free from cereals or grains, which are the main source of starch in mixes and cubes. These low levels of sugar and starch – make Healthy Hooves Molasses Free the safest option today for horses and ponies that are 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.
B vitamins have a wide range of functions within the horse’s digestive system including energy metabolism and growth and development. Healthy Hooves was the first chopped fibre feed on the market with a full range of all these important nutrients.
For further information on this new product and dietary advice call the Dengie feedline on 01621 841188 to speak to a experienced and qualified nutritionist.
Typical analysis (%) ‘as fed’
|Naturally Occurring Sugar||2.5|
Oat 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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