Horses are used for recreational purposes, sport (e.g., racing, polo, and Olympic events), exhibition, breeding, ranch and farm work, and even therapy. Type of use, age, and physiological state affect the nutrient requirements of horses. Effective feeding management practices must consider many factors, including nutrient requirements, environmental conditions, and available feeds. Vitamins and Minerals play an important role in the nutrition of horses. While constituting only a minor part of the equine diet, these nutrients play a critical role in the health of horses. Minerals are involved in a number of functions in the body. The horse obtains most of the necessary minerals from forages and concentrates, but the mineral content of feeds may vary a lot with the type of soil, plant specie, etc. Vitamins are essential to normal metabolism and their lack in the diet causes deficiency diseases.
With this in mind, ISF developed a new line of vitamin, mineral premixes and supplements for horses. In addition, the ISF line of special feed additives can be combined with the ISF horse products whenever a special need arises, providing the ISF customer with a complete line of feeding options.
All products in this line, when fed at the recommended feeding rate, will supplement the base diet with the required quantities of the major minerals – Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Sodium and will provide all the trace minerals and vitamins needed for horse production. Herbs and Spices flavouring have been included in all ISF products with the name Herbageum to help improve palatability and intake.
Horse Specific: A good base supplement that provides the required vitamins and minerals to keep horses in good health. It also has the right amount of salt to be fed free choice. It’s modest feeding rate and its balanced composition makes it ideal for all year round fortification of low activity horses.
Dan Patch Horse Supreme: Having the same base of Horse Specific, Dan Patch Supreme is packed with special additives and B-vitamins for horses undergoing more intensive activities or subjected to stress situations. This mineral has no salt. Salt must be made available to provide 25 to 50 grams per day per horse.
These minerals can be combined with the ISF Specialty Products line to address specific situations. Here are some examples of the commonly used combinations.
Horse Specific + Yeastpro: Yeastpro is an excellent additive to the diet. Yeast improves fibre digestion and is a potential source of vitamins and/or growth factors. Yeastpro also supplies organic zinc that helps in the maintenance of healthy hooves and hair, and it also provides extra vitamins.
Horse Specific + Vitapac: Vitapac is an ideal supplement whenever we need to reinforce the diet with extra trace minerals, B- Vitamins and Vitamin A, D, E.
Horse Specific or Dan Patch Supreme + Biotin: Daily supplementation with biotin improves hoof wall integrity. Biotin is a B vitamin that stimulates keratin production in the hoof laminae and coronary band, strengthening and improving the periople, hoof wall, sole, frog and white line.
Horse Specific or Dan Patch Supreme + Thiamine: Thiamine is involved in carbohydrate metabolism and therefore energy metabolism. Levels of thiamine in normal diets may not be adequate for exercising horses. Thiamine is also important to keep a normal appetite.