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Stud farm & growing horses and ponies

In the stud farm we see that the minimum roughage standard is usually achieved, because many mares and young animals are offered unlimited roughage.

Good intestinal flora, which allows this roughage to be properly digested, is often a point of attention. Equilin® products have been developed for this purpose.

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A healthy intestinal flora is the basis of a healthy mare and foal

Pregnant mares and young animals easily eat 2.5% of their body weight in dry matter in roughage per day, which is more than 3/3.5 kg of hay per 100 kg of horse. If the intestinal flora is in balance and digestion works well, a mare hardly needs any extra energy even until the end of pregnancy. And growing animals do not experience an energy shortage after their first year of life with the average roughage diet.

Problems that are regularly encountered are that the roughage is too poor, too wet (dry matter content below 70%) or even moldy. This has a negative impact on the intestinal flora. As a result, the energy from the roughage cannot be absorbed properly. In this situation, supplementary feeding of concentrates is often seen as a solution, which means double feeding is actually done.

Roughage does not contain all the necessary nutrients.

  • It contains insufficient minerals, of which copper is important for the development of healthy joints throughout pregnancy and rearing.
  • Zinc, copper and selenium are also very important for a good immune system.
  • Just like vitamin E, which is insufficiently present in dried roughage and contributes to a good nervous system and muscle use.
  • The calcium/phosphorus ratio is especially important for growing animals, it should not exceed 1.5: 1. For pregnant mares it is especially important that there is sufficient phosphorus in the ration.

EquilinGrow contains the necessary minerals and vitamins for pregnant and lactating mares and growing foals up to 3.5 years old.

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