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Breeding & growing horses and ponies

'The New Feeding', back to the natural roughage needs of the mare and her growing foals. In breeding we see that the minimum roughage standard is usually achieved, because many mares and young animals are offered unlimited roughage.

A good intestinal flora is regularly a point of attention and also the starting point of Equilin® products

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. If the intestinal flora is in balance and the digestion works well, a mare needs hardly any extra energy even until the end of the pregnancy. And even growing animals do not suffer from an energy shortage after their first year of life with the average roughage.

Problems that are regularly seen is that the roughage can be too one-sided, too wet or even moldy (dry matter content below 70%), which has a negative influence on the intestinal flora. As a result, the energy from the roughage cannot be properly absorbed and then additional feeding of concentrates appears to be necessary.

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Roughage usually 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, it 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.

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