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TIME-RELEASED HINDGUT BUFFER FOR HORSES WITH SUBCLINICAL ACIDOSIS

SUITABLE FOR

  • Horses with digestive upsets resulting in loose manure 
  • Horses prone to recurrent mild colic or laminitis
  • Horses on high cereal and starch diets and grazing lush pasture 
  • Horses with a decreased feed intake and poor appetite
  • Horses that are not maintaining optimum body condition
  • Horses that have an unexplained loss of performance
  • Horses that develop habits such as wood chewing, weaving or box walking
  • Horses that become stressed

Formulated by the scientists at KER, EquiShure® supports intestinal health by helping to maintain optimum pH in the horse's hindgut. EquiShure® is appropriate for horses suspected of suffering from subclinical acidosis. At-risk horses often express one or more signs that can derail athletic performance as well as reduced growth or reproductive potential. 

Signs of subclinical acidosis may include:

  • Decreased feed intake or complete lack of appetite in severe cases
  • Mild to moderate colic signs of unexplained origin
  • Poor feed efficiency and subsequent weight loss
  • Loss of performance
  • Development of stereotypies such as wood chewing, weaving, and stall walking

Figure 1. Diagram of how subclinical acidosis may occur in the hindgut and howit can be attenuated

Subclinical acidosis in the hindgut

A diagnosis of subclinical acidosis is often overlooked initially when one or more of the aforementioned signs is noticed. EquiShure®, a time-released hindgut buffer, may be beneficial in counteracting the effects of this syndrome. Encapsulation technology ensures targeted release of sodium bicarbonate directly in the hindgut and prevents significant changes in blood tCO2 levels. 

The demands placed on horses as athletes and as breeding animals dictate that substantial quantities of energy rich feeds are often consumed. Over consumption of either high starch concentrates or pasture that is rich in fructans can rapidly increase fermentation in the horse's hindgut. EquiShure® may help to maintain fermentation patterns in the hindgut to provide the optimum environment to help support lactic acid utilising bacteria and the natural production of volatile fatty acids from starch and cellulose.

EquiShure® can be used to help maintain optimum pH during an intense period of sales preparation, stress or at times when there is a greater reliance on high-starch diets or high fructan pastures in the diet.

Click here to read more about Subclinical Acidosis and the role of Equishure®

Available in 1.25 kg, 7.2 kg and 18 kg tubs.

See below to determine recommended daily amount based on the horse's cereal intake, forage source, and bodyweight. For best results, divide the recommended daily amount equally between meals.

1 scoop = 30g.

Weight of horse = 300 kg (660 lb)

  • Light - moderate cereal intake & mostly hay - feed 30 g
  • Light - moderate cereal intake & mostly pasture - feed 60 g
  • Moderate - high cereal intake & mostly hay - feed 60 g
  • Moderate - high cereal intake & mostly pasture - feed 90 g

Weight of horse = 500 kg (1100 lb)

  • Light - moderate cereal intake & mostly hay - feed 50 g
  • Light - moderate cereal intake & mostly pasture - feed 100 g
  • Moderate - heavy cereal intake & mostly hay - feed 100 g
  • Moderate - heavy cereal intake & mostly pasture - feed 150 g

Weight of horse = 600 kg (1320 lb)

  • Light - moderate cereal intake & mostly hay - feed 60 g
  • Light - moderate cereal  intake & mostly pasture - feed 120 g
  • Moderate - high cereal intake & mostly hay - feed 120 g
  • Moderate - high cereal intake & mostly pasture - feed 180 g

Servings per container (based on 600 kg horse)

  • 1.25 kg (2.76 lb) 10 - 20
  • 7.2 kg (15.84 lb) 60 - 120
  • 18 kg (39.6 lb) - 300 - 33
 
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Every bag of Saracen feed is manufactured in a UFAS accredited mill, and undergoes strictly documented quality control procedures. A comprehensive system is in place to ensure the consistency and quality of all products manufactured by Saracen Horse Feeds for equine use.

Saracen Horse Feeds joined the new code of practice for feed manufacturers that the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) put in place on 1st October 2009. The Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS), Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances (NOPS) Code has been developed by BETA in response to the increased incidence of positive dope tests in racehorses. The NOPS scheme, whilst not a guarantee, is a risk-assessment based approach to reducing the chance of feed being contaminated with naturally occurring prohibited substances, such as morphine, for example.

Both the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the National Trainers Federation (NTF) have endorsed the BETA NOPS Code, which is now incorporated into our UFAS annual audit. As an approved member of the new code, we use the logo like a kite mark, a sign of reassurance to owners and trainers of the stringent quality management procedures that have been undertaken during every step of the sourcing, storage, transport and manufacturing processes for each product.

Saracen operate a strict bonding policy as part of its manufacturing process for our racing range of products (clearly marked on our packaging with a "bonded" symbol). These products are bonded and kept in isolation in a designated quarantine area at our main site in Aylesford prior to release for sale. To clear our bonding process, aggregate samples from each batch are submitted to the Horse Racing Forensic Laboratory (HFL) in Newmarket.

HFL Sports Science has been testing commercially prepared feed for the horseracing industry for over 20 years. They offer a screening service designed to assist feed manufacturers in their quality control process. Analysis is performed to high international standards (ISO 17025) using state of the art mass spectrometric detection systems, capable of detecting contaminants at very low levels (ng/g). The product is only released for sale on receipt of a certificate from the HFL stating that with regards to caffeine & theobromine "None were found".