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INGREDIENT SPECIFICS

INGREDIENTS BACKGROUND

Protein

  • It’s as much about quality as it is about quantity, and we go to great lengths to ensure that only the best quality protein sources are used.
  • Protein is composed of individual amino acids, some of which the horse can manufacture from dietary components and others which must be supplied in the diet, known as “essential” amino acids.  These include lysine and methionine, which are so important. We add extra to our performance balancer for horses whose requirements are high, like breeding and performance horses.
  • The higher the proportion of essential amino acids supplied by a protein source, the better is deemed its quality.
  • Protein provides the building blocks of all body tissues, including muscle, tendons, ligaments and hooves.  When fed at recommended levels, the protein supplied by our feeds will promote the rounded top line and musculature that makes a Fibregenix supplemented horse stand out.

Oil/Fat

  • Seed meals such as linseed and sunflower found in Fibregenix balancers supply the essential fatty acids Omega 3 and 6, which the horse cannot manufacture for himself, and therefore need to be added to the diet.
  • A horse’s natural diet of grass is where he would normally get these fatty acids and grass contains a higher proportion of Omega 3 to 6.
  • Due to the way they are digested and metabolised, the calories supplied by seed meals are slow-release and non-heating.

Fibre

  • Fibre is fermented by bacteria in the horse’s hindgut to produce volatile fatty acids which are then used by the body as an energy source.  It should be the basis of every horse’s diet and the most cost-effective way to feed it is as preserved forage or fresh pasture.
  • Additional digestible fibre from oat hulls, wheat husks and Lucerne, is found in all the Fibregenix balancer supplement range.

Vitamins and Minerals

  • The balance of vitamins and minerals in Fibregenix balancers is carefully formulated to ensure that a horse receives all he needs to bridge nutritional gaps in the diet when fed at recommended levels.
  • Certain chelated minerals are included in all our balancers at tailored levels to support horses’ varying nutritional demands.  “Chelating” is a process whereby minerals are attached to other molecules, eg proteins or simple sugars, and helps the body absorb and utilise them more easily.
  • The specific chelate forms found in Fibregenix are unrivalled in their bioavailability and are utilised by the horse in a completely different way to other types of chelates.
  • Many vitamins and minerals act as antioxidants, protecting body cells from free radicals produced through metabolism and natural body processes.  Fibregenix balancers contain these antioxidant vitamins and minerals at levels to support health and well-being as well as performance.
  • Selenium is an important antioxidant and Alkosel organic selenium yeast is more readily available than other forms of this trace mineral.

 Digestive Enhancers

  • This collective term refers to ingredients like Actisaf Live Probiotic yeast, purified nucleotides and MOS & FOS prebiotics which are included to help promote gut efficiency.
  • Actisaf live probiotic yeast is included for its unrivalled ability in stimulating fibre digesting bacteria in the horse’s hindgut.  Maximum benefit is gained when it is included in the diet daily.
  • Safmannan MOS acts as a food source for beneficial gut bacteria so that they can flourish at the expense of pathogenic species.
  • Profeed FOS is a unique short chain fructo-oligosaccharide which can positively modify the gut microflora, enhance digestive health and help reduce the risk of digestive upsets as well as helping to strengthen the immune system and help to improve insulin sensitivity in the obese horse or pony.
  • Ascogen purified nucleotides have many far-reaching effects in the body, helping to increase nutrient absorption and red blood cell production to assist in stamina and performance as well as having a positive influence on immunity.

Non-Heating

  • A non-heating feed is one that is less likely to produce excitable behaviour in some horses and ponies when fed at the recommended rate.

 

 

 

Liquid Karma is designed to be fed daily and is easy to add to the feed, whereas the syringes making them ideal for single-use when out and about. They can also be used really well in conjunction with each other. If a customer feels that their horse needs that little bit extra before a show, always continue with Karma in the feed, maybe double this dose for the last couple of days and then 1 hour before travelling/the class give them a measure of one of the syringes (much easier to administer than syringing a liquid and they can’t spit the gel paste out as easily as liquid Karma)

Nucleotides are nucleic acid, and are the building blocks of DNA and RNA, so any cell that replicates (which is pretty much all cells!) will replicate DNA and RNA to do so – i.e. repair from an injury/improving the villi that line the digestive tract to aid nutrient absorption/aid the repair of the laminae following laminitis – nucleotides help speed this process up.  As nucleotides will improve the production of red blood cells it also means more oxygen to working muscles = reducing lactic acid production = promoting fitness and stamina = reducing recovery rates.

In the balancers it’s magnesium oxide, as you don’t need as fast an absorption rate as you do with one of our calmers.

In the calmer products it’s water soluble magnesium chloride which is the most bioavailable form of magnesium.

Prime Original and Lami Low-Cal contain no added iron in their formulations.  There will be some background iron but not a huge quantity.  It is included in Platinum Pro’s formulation as it forms part of the blood building package necessary for horses in hard work.

Is a Fibregenix balancer supplement safe to feed given that it contains wheat husks and oat hulls?

Remember that Glucose is present and constitutes part of the make up in all feedstuffs! However, the gluten in cereals is all in the grain so oat hulls and wheat husks will have miniscule gluten contents as it is from the hull of these cereals.

Mg/I.U – mg is a measure mass and iu is an international measure of biological effect. So…… 1mg of any vitamin will always be the same mass ie 1mg. However, as iu measures biological effect, 1iu of vitamin E will have a different mass to 1iu of vitamin A so, mg do not equate to iu. Brain imploding at this?

The key thing to note here is the form of the vitamin ie our Vitamin E is comprised of tocopherol rich extracts that are far better absorbed than other ‘natural’ vitamin E or chemically synthesised Vitamin E where only one of four isomers is absorbed. Form defines function!

Although chromium does assist in the regulation of sugar levels in humans there is no research that indicates that horses are deficient in it hence it is not added in Lami Low-Cal. It is generally accepted that additional research is required to determine the efficacy of chromium supplements particularly in the management of insulin resistance

I know it says 8.8% NSC (starch and WSC/ESC sugars) but how much does that equate to in grams?

 Percentage is always of the finished product, so 8.8% starch and sugar combined (NSC)  = 8.8g per 100g Lami Low-Cal, so when feeding 500g you would calculate 8.8g x 5 = 44g starch and sugar per 500g Lami Low-Cal. This is an incredibly low amount of starch, when you think that it’s being fed to a 500kg horse, 44g is pretty much irrelevant. A standard horse feed can be as much as 35% plus of starch, and for a 500kg horse you’d probably have to feed 3kg as per the manufacture’s recommendation, which would work out at over 1kg of starch! Not ideal for your horses starch sensitive digestive system….

The sepiolite clay works in conjunction with the MOS & FOS  Prebiotic, to help reduce the toxin load within the gut – you can imagine it as a ‘buffer’ against the toxins that can be released if the gut becomes too acidic and kills the good bacteria off – so the clay helps to aid the recovery of the gut following acidification as well as helping to prevent it in the future.

In Prime Original and Platinum Pro it’s 0.4%, in Lami Low-Cal it’s 0.5%. It means the percent of whatever is being fed – so, if it was 0.4% of 100g, it would be 0.4g magnesium per 100g, so for your average 500kg horse = 0.4g x 500g = 2g per 500g.

Firstly, the protein in both these balancers is fed in grams not kilograms so the amount does not equate to an extortionate amount of protein, just the amino acids that the horse requires on a daily basis. Secondly, there is also a difference between crude protein and digestible protein. Digestible protein is the figure we are interested in and Fibregenix balancer supplements are formulated to  ensure that the balance of digestible protein to carbs and fats is correct.

The “percent crude protein” found on the labels of feeds and supplements is a calculation of the nitrogen content of the product. Nitrogen is contained in the amino acids that serve as the building blocks of proteins. The word “crude” means that not all the protein reported by this number is digestible.

It’s estimated that between 2% – 5% of many common protein sources are not absorbed. While the percent crude protein number is helpful, it shouldn’t be the sole piece of information used when choosing a feed or supplement for your horse.

For instance, crude protein percentage does not tell you the source of protein contained in the feedstuff or the amino acid makeup of that protein, so is more useful when combined with information on the type of protein included in a product.

Proteins are the building blocks of muscle and are essential in a horse’s diet and the horse will only use what it needs and the excess will be passed in urine, but this depends on the horse’s ‘system’ and how well it is absorbed and utilized etc. However, as with most other things it is not just the quantity that is important but also the quality, and a quality protein source will be easily digested and have an amino acid profile similar to that needed by the horse.

Fibregenix contains high quality protein sources with the best amino acid profile and availability for horses derived from Full Fat Soya and dehulled soya bean meal. Knowledge of the lysine and methionine content (the essential limiting amino acids) of a protein source is necessary when properly balancing your horse’s diet. Some labels will include these percentages but knowing what ingredients are good sources of lysine and methionine and identifying those sources in the ingredient list will also help to make an informed decision.

Fibregenix will not make horses ‘hot’ – the main reasons being 1) it is whole-cereal and molasses free so contains super low levels of sugar and starch (which are the 2 main ingredients that cause fizzy behaviour), 2) each balancer contains generous levels of magnesium – the anti-stress mineral – to help keep horses and ponies settled and relaxed, and as each balancer contains digestive aids they help to soothe from the inside-out (a lot of ‘hot and fizzy’ behaviour is caused by poor digestive health).

Prime Original doesn’t contain a MOS & FOS prebiotic as it is intended for horses and ponies that are in light-medium work, being spelled or those that simply need to gain weight which the live yeast probiotic and nucleotides combination helps to encourage. The live yeast probiotic in Prime Original helps to settle the gut by promoting the beneficial bacteria and improving fibre digestion, but if a horse/pony had a specific digestive upset/had been on antibiotics then I would recommend feeding Platinum Pro to start with then swapping on to Prime Original.

In general terms, a horse that is being fed Prime Original doesn’t have the requirement for a prebiotic due to its lighter workload and potentially less stressful life circumstances, whereas a harder working/older horse does – hence the reason we would feed them Platinum Pro.

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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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