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Fibre is a particularly important part of your horses’ feed as it is a good source of energy, as well as being essential for maintaining digestive health. The level and quality of fibre is often over looked in the daily feed ration.
Adequate fibre in the diet is necessary for the correct digestion of feed, as its physical presence in the digestive tract helps to maintain the natural movement of the
guts known as peristalsis. Peristalsis is responsible for moving food through the digestive tract allowing its breakdown and the subsequent absorption of nutrients. In order for fibre to be broken down, the horse relies on the naturally present bacteriain the hind gut through a process called fermentation. Fermentation results in the formation of a number of substances known as volatile fatty acids that provide a significant source of 'slow release' energy for all horses and ponies irrespective of age, breed or workload.
Fibre is present in nearly all feeds but is normally higher in forages, including mature grass, hay, haylage and chaffs (either alfalfa or straw based). Other feed ingredients including sugar beet, soya bean husk and some cereal bi products also contain a significant level of highly digestible fibre. Cereal bi-products such as wheatfeed and oat feed are derived from the remaining material after the milling process, however, they are valuable fibre source and oat feed can be low in starch.
In order to support healthy digestion, Falcon Equine Feeds include a variety of fibre sources within the formulations including: Wheat Feed, Oat Feed, Beet shreds, Grass meal, Alfalfa chop, Lucerne Pellets, PTS pellets, Blending nuts.
Over the years protein has been the subject of considerable debate amongst horse owners, but it remains a vital part of your horses diet. Protein is made up of 22 amino acids, some of which are essential in the diet. Amino acids are needed forthe development of soft tissue and bone, as well as enzymes and hormones. There are many enzymes which are needed to drive biochemical reactions within the body e.g. during digestion or for antioxidant support. Haemoglobin is a transport protein, which is essential for the transportation of oxygen around the horses body. Of the 22 dietary amino acids, 12 of them are non-essential in the diet, as they can be made naturally by the body. The 10 dietary essential amino acids must be supplied in the horses diet from digestible and quality sources of protein.
Falcon Equine Feeds uses the following ingredients to provide a quality source of digestible protein: Hipro Soya, Micronized Flaked Soya, Linseed Meal, Grass Meal, Micronized Flaked Peas, Lucerne Pellets.
Oil is a versatile ingredient that can be used for its conditioning properties and is an excellent source of slow release energy. Fatty acids are released from the digestion of oil which can
be used to produce energy through the slower energy generating pathways. The linseed used in Falcon Equine Feeds has been heated subjected
to heating by micronisation to stabilise the oil and ensure it can be fed without further cooking. Linseed is also an important source of specialised omega 3 fatty acids which can help maintain mobility and coat condition.
Falcon Feeds uses a variety of high oil containing ingredients in their feeds including: Soya Bean, Micronized Flaked Soya, Rice Bran and Rice Bran Pellets, Linseed Meal, Soya Oil.