WHAT GOES INTO DODSON & HORRELL FEEDS?

Our feeds contain only the highest quality ingredients, locally sourced where possible and rigorously tested. We formulate our feeds according to the latest research into equine nutrition – look out for the key ingredient combinations on our product information pages shown below.

VITAMINS & MINERALS

Our feeds contain a full range of vitamins and chelated minerals to help support overall health. In nature (grass and cereals), minerals are bound to sugars or amino acids, which makes them more easily absorbed. Chelation binds the minerals to proteins, similar to how they are provided in nature, and so stabilises the minerals in the upper digestive tract and improves bioavailability, increasing the potential for absorption and usage by the horse’s body. [1]

ELECTROLYTES
Studies have shown that electrolytes are crucial in assisting with post-exercise re-hydration. Additional supplementary electrolytes should be administered in order to help to replace those lost in the horse’s hypertonic sweat during periods of hard work. [2]

 


OUR PATENTED QLC ANTIOXIDANT PACKAGE
There is firm evidence to back up the free radical fighting benefits of adding the antioxidant vitamin E into the diet. Our vitamin E is added in elevated levels and accompanied by a sacrificial antioxidant to increase efficacy; our patented technology helps to ‘mop up’ excess free radicals. [3]



OUR B VITAMIN COMPLEX

Research shows that B vitamins assist with amino acid metabolism and energy production. In particular, the B vitamin Cobalamin (B12) helps to stimulate appetite in horses who struggle to eat all their feed. [4]

BIOTIN & ZINC
Trials have revealed that providing horses with biotin at 15mg per day results in optimal quality hoof growth, improved hardness and integrity. [5]


 


OPTIMAL LEVELS OF HIGH QUALITY PROTEIN
A high quality protein source, comprising of essential amino acids, helps to provide the building blocks that are crucially required for the development of the contractile proteins in musculature, making components of the immune system, nutrient transport across cell membranes and a buffer to minimise fluctuations in body pH. [6]



LIVE ACTISAF YEAST
Trials have shown the digestive and health benefits of live yeast in horse feeds. The presence of a balanced population of micro flora in the hindgut helps to ferment fibre, while helping to maintain a neutral pH within that environment. [7]

 

 


References: 1: Armelin, M.J.A., Avila, R.L., Piasentin, R.M., Saiki, M., 2003 Effect of chelated mineral supplementation on the absorption of Cu, Fe, K, Mn and Zn in horse hair. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 258 (2), 449-451. 2: Coenen, M., 2005 Exercise and stress: impact on adaptive processes involving water and electrolytes. Livestock Prod Sci (92) 131-145. Pilliner, S., 1998 The Working Horse, Practical Feeding of Horses and Ponies. 125-129. 3: Lowe, J.A., Lucas, D., Paganga, G., Observations on the antioxidant status of horses as influenced by supplementary dietary antioxidants. Ishii, M., 2002 Effects of vitamin E and selenium administration on pregnant, heavy draft mares on placental retention time and reproductive performance and on white muscle disease in their foals. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 22 (5) 213-220. 4: Depient, F., Bruce, R., Shangari, N., Mehta, R., O’ Brien, P.J., 2006 Mitochondrial function and toxicity: Role of the B vitamin family on mitochondrial energy metabolism. Frape, D., 2008 Vitamin requirements. Equine Nutrition and Feeding (3) 102-103. 5: Josseck, H., Zenker, W., Geyer, H., 1995 Hoof horn abnormalities in Lipizzaner horses and the effect of dietary biotin on macroscopic aspect of the hoof horn quality. Equine Vet Journal 27 (3) 175-182. 6: Geor R.J., Harris, P.A., Coenen, M., ed 2013 Amino acids and protein. Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition. 114. 7: Medina, B., Girard, I.D., Jacotot, E., et al., 2002 Effect of a preparation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae on microbial profiles and fermentation patterns in the large intestine of horses fed a high fiber or high starch diet. Journal of Animal Science 80 (10), 2600-2609."