Saracen Horse Feeds, the specialist horse feed division of the Lillico Group
Saracen is an independent, family owned business with more than 170 years of experience in manufacturing animal feeds. Saracen became a limited company in its own right in 1989, and remains within the Lillico Group and under the command of the fourth generation of the founding family, Patrick Walker. [Image: right]
The company takes pride in its traditional family heritage, and stays true to the founding values of trust, integrity, quality, and commitment to exceptional customer service.
In challenging environments, Saracen continues to combine these values with modern manufacturing capabilities and innovative, research-led formulations keep us at the forefront of modern feed manufacture.
In 1994, Saracen launched Veteran Mix, the first diet specifically tailored to meet the needs of the older horse. Since then, Saracen have produced Enduro-100, used by many of the leading endurance stables in the UK and Middle East and more recently, Shape-Up™ Balancer, a specialist low calorie balancer for good doers, laminitics and those who need to watch their weight.
With our range of feeds, Saracen have brought together the everyday items needed for feeding different types of horses in varying stages of life and activity, growth and development. The feeds continue to provide the top quality nutrition you expect from Saracen, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. When fed correctly, Saracen products can be very cost effective due to their nutrient density. Read about our "Cooling Mix Trial" where we compared the nutrient density of Saracen Cooling Mix plus Herbs, with budget cooling mixes, and find out if you could save money and improve the efficiency of your feed.
We are dedicated to producing nutritionally sound, innovative rations and providing our customers with an accessible and personal service. We set ourselves the highest of standards in quality control, and annual quality audits determine our continued compliance to UFAS (United Feed Assurance Scheme) and BETA NOPS Code of Practice. Saracen has an "open declaration" policy, which means that every ingredient that we use is declared on our feed labels, and we work to fixed formulations to protect the integrity and quality of our diets.
Feeding a horse properly doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated as long as you keep your nutritional goals in mind. We are here to help you understand how to achieve those goals with the correct products and feeding strategies. We don’t want to baffle or confuse you, but we do want to offer simple, practical solutions that make sense. We have a professional, well-qualified and understanding team of people on our staff who work hard to listen to your horse’s nutritional requirements, and to your ambitions.
You can request advice and a free no obligation "Feed Check" with our Feed Advice Form, or use our interactive Ration Consultant, to find out if the diet you are feeding your horse is meeting his nutrient requirements.
The consultant will ask you questions on your horse and their routine and will help you to understand if/where their diet is lacking in essential vitamins and minerals.
A Unique Partnership
Saracen Horse Feeds Ltd. has always been dedicated to producing nutritionally sound, innovative formulas and providing customers with accessible personal service. These commitments led Saracen to Kentucky Equine Research (KER), founded by Dr. Joe Pagan Ph.D. in 1988.
We are the exclusive Kentucky Equine Research (KER) Team Member in the UK.
KER is the most prolific independent equine research centre in the world, entirely committed to the advancement of breeding and athletic performance through nutrition. The aim at KER is to enhance the understanding of equine nutrition and exercise physiology, and apply this knowledge to produce healthier, more athletic horses. From its headquarters in Central Kentucky, KER conducts extensive research, and each research trial is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of horses by targeting specific problems, and finding nutritional solutions. By working so closely with KER in this way, we share those aims and objectives, and because of our close links we can make these resources available in the UK.
Our collaboration has given us the chance to consistently provide nutritional solutions with unique, progressive feeds that can make a real difference, along with the science to support them. RE-LEVE®, Level-Grow™ and Super Fibre Pencils are good examples of concept feeds that have been produced as joint projects.
For more information on KER, please click here.
|1989||Saracen Horse Feeds was established|
|1994||Saracen secured its first export client - Sheikh Zayed (President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi), Royal Stables|
|1994||Saracen launches Veteran Mix, the FIRST diet specifically tailored to meet the needs of the older horse or pony|
|1997||Saracen opens distribution centre to facilitate growth|
|1998||Saracen becomes a Limited company within the WM Lillico Group|
|1998||ILPH (International League for Protection of Horses) used and endorsed Veteran Mix and Show Improver rations|
|1999||Saracen launched Bio-Life 2000, a unique feed balancer in mix form|
|1999||Alltech Bioplex minerals and yeast incorporated into diets|
|2000||Saracen and Hallway Feeds of Lexington, Kentucky forge an exclusive manufacturing partnership|
|2001||Saracen becomes the exclusive UK Team Partner for Kentucky Equine Research (KER), joining an international network of leading equine feed manufacturers|
|2001||Saracen formulated and launched Enduro-100, used by leading Endurance stables in the UK and Middle East|
|2001||Research into the glycemic response post feed consumption induced the formulation and product launch of concept feeds: Level-Grow™, RE-LEVE® and Super Fibre Pencils|
|2004||Research trial on Veteran Mix via a partnership with The Horse Trust (The Home of Rest for Horses): www.horsetrust.org.uk|
|2004||Investment made to the technolgocial capabilities at Saracen's Kent based manufacturing facility, bringing feed manufacture into the 21st century|
|2006||Saracen launched Stallion Plan and Mare-Care, technically advanced rations formulated specifically for horses standing at stud|
|2007||Donkey Diet launched, the first feed specifically tailored to the nutritional needs of donkeys. The diet was developed in conjunction with the country’s leading carer for donkeys, The Donkey Sanctuary|
|2010||Market launch of Shape-Up™ Balancer, a specialist low-calorie , low- intake feed balancer for good doers, those prone to weight gain or predisposed to laminitis and EMS|
Essential Balancer launched to complete the Saracen Feed Balancer range