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GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT FIBREGENIX

All horses are different and it depends on what condition your horse is in to begin with, however you should start to see a difference before the end of the first bag.

Horses didn’t evolve to digest large meals and these can bring about problems such as ulcers, colic, stereotypical behaviour, poor digestive health etc -so why not feed a Fibregenix Balancer supplement alongside a reduced hard feed but high fibre diet to help keep your horse happier from the inside out, and suit his digestive system much better?  Happier horse = better performance.

With good-doers this becomes difficult as you can’t feed the right amount because they put too much weight on.  This is where Lami Low-Cal brings its benefits.  You’ll be able to feed the recommended amount of Lami Low-Cal to ensure a balanced diet and healthy horse without encouraging weight gain.  Even an obese hairy pony can be deficient in vitamins and minerals. Minimum RDA’s are forever changing, and rely on so many factors including age, workload, breeding status etc. As before = smaller meals & more fibre = happy digestive system = happy, settled horse = good performance.

Whatever the bodyweight is, round up to the nearest 50g; so if you have a horse that weighs 420kg round it up so that he is being fed 450g per day, to ensure that he is getting the right amount of everything.  This is particularly important if the weight has come off a weigh tape, as these can often underestimate bodyweight by up to several kg.

Absolutely! The smaller the feeds the better for the horse, so if your balancer can be split that’s great, but as it’s only a small amount anyway it is quite safe to feed it in one meal if absolutely necessary.

If you need to swap from one Fibregenix balancer to another, this can usually be done over 3-4 days, as the appearance of the product is pretty much the same, it’s just the nutritional make-up that is different, and hence 3-4 days is usually adequate.  With a particularly sensitive horse, we’d advise increasing the balancer to balancer swap to 7-10 days.

Fibre will include hay, chaff, beet pulp, products like Maxisoy, fibre cubes etc – there are many fibre feeds available on the market.  The choice is yours, but try and keep it simple with as few products as possible in the diet.  Less is more!  Remember you may be paying extra for a fortified fibre product ie which contains added vitamins and minerals that is unnecessary when on Fibregemix and straight fibre.

It looks such a small amount compared to the couple of kilos of hard feed I’ve been feeding, is it really enough?

Remember Fibregenix is a balancer supplement, not a hard feed.  It is nutrient dense and concentrated. It may not look like much, but it packs a mighty punch! If your fibre levels and quality is good then it should suffice but again consult us to ensure digestible energy levels are being sufficiently met or if you are concerned in any way.

While you’re introducing Fibregenix over the 7-10 days introductory period, we suggest making any changes gradually so you can monitor any weight changes. In a healthy horse at maintenance or light work, there should be no change in weight because of the high levels of probiotic in Fibregenix which enable a horse to get more out of his fibre feeds. However, you may need to increase the level of his fibre intake, again assess on an individual basis.  If your horse is in hard work then you can’t just take everything out of the diet and start feeding just fibre and the balancer, the digestible energy required for work needs to be replaced gradually with other suitable fibre based products and smaller amounts of hard feed and/or oil.  The key is to maintain the correct level of digestible energy in the diet.  You can contact us for dietary advice in this respect. Supplements should also be phased out gradually in the first week of introducing Fibregenix.  Remember, make all changes to your horse’s diet a gradual thing – no sudden surprises!

Horses although being essentially fibre fermenters, do have a digestive system that can digest starch just not in huge quantities at one time.  Recent research has found that no more than 1g per 1kg of bodyweight in starch should be fed at any one meal for sensitive horses although other research has suggested 2g per kg of bodyweight – If you are unable to do this – try replacing some of that grain/hard feed with Fibregenix Platinum Pro as above and adding in extra oil.  Too much starch in one meal can cause a multitude of problems, anything from gas colic to ulcers to hot and fizzy behavior, toxicity in the hindgut leading to laminitis, etc

If you have a horse in hard work/competition and you are currently feeding the daily recommended amount of a processed hard feed, once Fibregenix Platinum Pro is introduced you will be able to reduce hard feed by at least half as the approved probiotic in Pro will make so much more of the fibre in the diet. You can then substitute that portion of hard feed with oil.

Pro has a Digestible Energy of 12.3MJ/kg, comparable with other hard feeds but without the whole cereal and molasses component in it, and also fed at just 100g per 100kg of bodyweight, therefore it’s possible to reduce the amount of hard feed being fed which will cut down on the amount of starch and sugar in the horse’s diet – always better for the horse’s digestive system.

Alternatively, you can also try feeding a ‘straight’ grain such as oats or micronized barley alongside your fibre and Platinum  Pro to provide fast release energy – often a better option as you can actually see what you are giving your horse and you are feeding one type of cereal only rather than a combination of two or three as seen so often in complete processed feeds.

Platinum Pro will not make horses ‘hot’ as it contains no whole cereal and no molasses.  If you wish to feed an additional cool energy source then feed oil, preferably linseed up to 250ml per day.

Read the labels of that ‘cool’ feed – still formulated with cereals and often molasses added in for palatability.  No feed can be considered ‘cool’ when it contains extruded or micronized barley and/or maize – whilst cooking the cereal helps to improve pre-caecal digestion and avoid digestive disturbances, the energy levels provided by cereals could be in excess to requirements leading to either unwanted weight gain or adverse behaviour.  Fibregenix balancers are premium quality, whole cereal free and molasses free, providing essential nutrients to complement the fibre based diet.  It’s all about helping horses to be fed a more natural diet as nature intended; keeping starch out of the diet or to an absolute minimum and feeding more fibre means a healthier digestive system.  Remember, smaller meals & more fibre = happy digestive system = happy, settled horse = good performance.

Where will my horse get his energy from?

In some instances – yes.  For example if your horse is in light to moderate work or is on spell then yes, generally he can get his energy/nutritional requirements from his fibre along with a Fibregenix balancer supplement to help balance and maximise his nutrient intake. This is because the digestion of fibre produces volatile fatty acids which can be utilized as an energy source and you can also feed additional oil for a cool energy source if required.

However, all horses and ponies are individuals and some may have greater nutritional requirements than others due to for example a compromised digestive system or having ulcers, so your horse should be assessed on an individual basis, but ultimately a completely fibre diet is preferable and more often than not achievable.  Add in the essential nutrients that Fibregenix will provide and you have the ultimate diet for lower energy requirements.

  • When you can’t feed the recommended daily serve because your horse will put too much weight on.
  • When you don’t want to feed any hard feed as you prefer your horse to have a more fibre based natural diet.
  • When your horse has adverse reactions to any cereal/starch in his diet and again needs a more fibre based diet.
  • When your horse struggles with condition no matter how much you feed and he has a compromised digestive system eg ulcers
  • When your feed room is cluttered with gazillions of tubs, pots and packs of different supplements. (Cut the clutter and use a Fibregenix Feed balancer instead!)
  • When you are tired of trying to work out whether you are getting it right or wrong and you want feeding and supplementing your horse to be fuss free with peace of mind.
  • When you are fed up with spending a fortune on multiple supplements and would prefer to have all your horse’s supplements catered for in one product.
  • When you are looking for a premium product that is formulated to give the best results with no compromise on quality

Surely my horse gets all the vitamins and minerals he needs from his current feed and if he is on a vitamin and mineral supplement too?

There are many specific hard feed/complete feed products on the market e.g. veteran mix/performance mix/leisure mix – these will be specially formulated with that type of horse in mind when it comes to essential nutrients i.e. a leisure mix probably won’t contain the same mg per kg of a mineral that a performance mix does. However, if you don’t feed the recommended daily amount as stated on the bag your horse won’t be getting his recommended daily amount of vitamins and minerals and his diet can end up imbalanced when you start second guessing and adding in other sources of vits/mins and other nutrients.  A balancer helps to bridge nutritional gaps by providing nutrients that are going to be esily absorbed and utillised by the horse, rather than providing surpluses which will simply be pee’d or poo’d out or even create potentially toxic levels and imbalanced ratios. Furthermore, a simple vit/min supplement, won’t help when there are condition issues or other digestive problems.

Fibregenix Balancer supplements

  • There are a range of Fibregenix balancers for different categories of horses and ponies.
  • Not least cost formulated – Fibregenix balancers contain the most bioavailable form of minerals and include a natural vitamin E.
  • They provide all essential nutrients but also you’ll find some elements that would be in a hard feed – eg fibre, oils/fats and protein.
  • They’re always fed at a rate of 100g/100kg of bodyweight
  • They’re 100% molasses free and whole cereal free
  • Each balancer contains sophisticated digestive supplement packages which work synergistically with each other to improve digestive function and physiology.
  • Small pellet form to ensure all of the product is consumed, powder supplements can all too often be sifted out and are then wasted.

Vitamin/mineral supplement

  • One product only
  • Vitamins and minerals may be of varying quality depending on the cost of the formulation ie some may contain cheap forms of minerals that aren’t well absorbed at al or synthetic forms of vitamins.
  • Some may be missing essential amino acids, or include unnecessary non-essential amino acids.
  • Always fed in smaller gram quantities so while these supplements can provide a wide range of nutrients, functionality is limited
  • May contain unspecified Yeasts or probiotics/prebiotics –often these will be found at minimal levels to minimize formulation costs, or consist of lower strains which makes them less effective. Bear in mind that functional ingredients such as yeast probiotics and prebiotics are one of the most expensive components of a supplement or feed, and there are no specific rules or regulations on how much should be included.
  • Often in a powder form which is cheaper to produce than a pelleted balancer. Just remember, if it costs just cents to feed, there’s a reason for it.

 

There are other ‘cheaper’ balancers out on the market, what’s so special about Fibregenix?

Check your ‘cheaper’ feed balancer against Fibregenix balancers.

  • Is it 100% whole cereal free and 100% molasses free?
  • Does it contain a hoof improvement supplement?
  • Does it contain a correct balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 from quality sources to support a healthy coat and skin? Ie more Omega 3 than 6, or is it a high Omega 6 product derived from ricebran or canola?
  • Does it contain high levels of antioxidants such as a naturally derived form of vitamin E, a protected form of Vitamin C and selenium as selenium yeast?
  • Does it contain organic chelate minerals such as glycinates?
  • Does it contain the highest strains and maximum levels of live yeast probiotic, MOS & FOS Prebiotic? Is the live yeast probiotic licensed for use in horses?
  • Does it contain Nucleotides?
  • Is there a range for different categories of horses eg, laminitic types, performance horses, veterans or everyday horses and ponies?
  • Does it have tailored levels of the functional ingredients for different categories of horses?
  • Is it super low in starch and sugar ie below 12%?
  • Is the protein from a highly digestible source or is it from a cheap source such as cottonseed meal?

If your current balancer doesn’t tick every box, then your horse is not being provided with the means to improving his long term health prospects. As I said before, not all balancers are created equal.

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The Difference with Fibregenix in a Fibre Diet

 Fibregenix balancer supplementHard feedsOther perceived balancer products
Specific tailored range 👍 👍
High quality digestible protein source providing essential amino acids👍Can vary
Chelate minerals include glycinate forms for superior bioavailability👍
Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids👍Mostly Omega 6Some have Omega 6
Protected forms of antioxidants👍
Purified nucleotide supplement👍
Protected Actisaf live yeast probiotic👍
MOS Prebiotic👍
FOS Prebiotic👍
Hoof supplement👍

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