Feed your horse with confidence – The Laminitis Trust

Dengie senior nutritionist Katie Williams, MSc (Dist), explains how the Laminitis Trust mark helps you to feed with confidence.

The link between obesity and laminitis is well documented, as is the need for a high-fibre but low-sugar and starch ration. A visit to a local feed store, though, can often be confusing because there are so many products on the market claiming to be specifically formulated for laminitis-prone equines.

Beware of misleading horse feed packaging

Some even sport packaging with logos giving the impression of an official endorsement backed by extensive research and trials. Delve a little deeper, though, and it becomes apparent that many of these logos are created by the manufacturer of the feed and the research has been carried out in their own backyard.

The Laminitis Trust approval scheme

The Laminitis Trust is the only independent body offering an approval scheme that is rigorously enforced.

A feed manufacturer pays an annual fee for each product that is approved by The Laminitis Trust and this money is used by the trust to fund important work into laminitis research. This work is carried out by reputable organisations such as the Royal Veterinary College, which collaborates with other research bodies all over the world.

Four fibre based horse feeds approved by The Laminitis Trust

Dengie has four fibre feeds approved by The Laminitis Trust – more than any other feed company. This reflects the fact that alfalfa – the key ingredient – is naturally low in sugar and starch, making the feeds the ideal ration for horses and ponies that are prone to laminitis.

The range features a feed for every horse, from the complete feed Healthy Hooves Molasses Free, with high levels of biotin, to Hi-Fi Lite, which can be used as a low-calorie hay replacer. Hi-Fi Molasses Free is one of Dengie’s fastest-growing feeds.