What goes into Dodson & Horrell feeds?

VITAMINS & MINERALS

Even horses at maintenance, on a good quality, forage based diet may not receive a completely balanced diet in terms of vitamins & minerals. Vitamins & Minerals are essential for many bodily processes, as well as overall health, so we include a full spectrum of vitamins & minerals in some of our feeds to support a well-balanced diet.

ELECTROLYTES

A group of micronutrients including: Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride & Magnesium. Additional supplementation of these micronutrients is required in horses that undergo heavier workloads, or experience heavier sweating.

OUR PATENTED QLC ANTIOXIDANT PACKAGE

A natural, plant based complex of antioxidants. Antioxidants such as Vitamin E and Vitamin C ‘ mop-up’ excess free radicals generated through the stresses of training and the environment. The QLC blend of antioxidants creates a synergistic effect whereby the actual potency is higher than the individual values of the antioxidant sources on their own.

OUR B VITAMIN COMPLEX

B Vitamins are a group of micronutrients, some of which are naturally produced in the hindgut of the horse. Supplementation in feeds of B vitamins may encourage eating up, and may also support energy metabolism in equines.

BIOTIN & ZINC

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

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.

ACTISAF YEAST

A dried & protected from of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Actisaf Yeast acts as a probiotic within the digestive system, that may be beneficial to the hindgut microbial population in the horse.

HOOF SUPPORT PACKAGE

Inclusion of active levels of Biotin, Methionine & Zinc. Biotin is a natural B vitamin that when fed at certain levels, has been proven to increase the rate and quality of hoof growth. Methionine & Zinc are also included as they are essential for the production of healthy hoof wall & skin.

MOS

Mannan-oligosaccharides are a prebiotic derived from yeast with the ability to bind to certain pathogenic bacteria. Binding reduces adherence of these undesirable bacteria to the gut wall helping to maintain a healthy bacterial profile.

FOS

Fructo-oligosaccharides are a prebiotic derived from plant sources, namely chicory & yeast. FOS when fermented is utilised by beneficial bacteria only, encouraging their presence and improving fibre digestion and conversion to VFAs.

FIBRE PLUS COMPLEX

A unique blend of fibre based complex carbohydrates which have been demonstrated to increase hindgut fermentation of forage and support VFA production.

References:

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