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Detailed Information - Eventing

How much do I feed?

By using fresh fodder biscuits, it is easy to manage your horses diet and provide it with everything it requires.

  • Eventing is classed as Medium Work, and as such 1 – 2 biscuits per day should contain all the nutrition your horse requires.
  • You can add other seeds to provide extra protein, starch and oil you can add Sunflower, Lupin or Mung Bean. Other Fodder Solutions users add Rosehip and other legumes to add flavour that their horses like. You can also add small amounts of Fenugreek, which is a very beneficial herb for horses.
  • Recommended Seed Mix – Sunflower is good for extra protein, starch and oil for condition, coats and hooves. Lupin also provides extra protein and starch. For horses replace 20% of the barley with 10% Sunflower and 10% Lupin, for ponies pure barley should be sufficient.
  • You also need to add a few Kg of roughage, cheap hay or straw is fine, and you can also use bran for example if you are worried about respiratory issues.
  • Horse Medium work rate = 1½-2 biscuits per day + 3-4Kg Hay. (Addition of Sunflower & Lupin when necessary)
  • Please note every horse is an individual, and you should use the flexibility of using Fodder Solutions guidelines to find the right balance for your horse.

 

Fresh sprouted barley provided by Fodder Solutions systems is a great way to give your horse fresh, natural, quality feed all year round, and you can tailor it to your animal’s requirements.

The benefits provided by the feed include:

  • Improvements in demeanour and workability
  • Reduced risk of fizziness
  • Reduction in the incidence of gut ulcers
  • Reduction in the incidence of laminitis
  • Improvements in stamina and work rate
  • Improvements in recovery time after hard work
  • Improvements in hydration levels
  • Improved conception rates in broodmares and fewer birthing issues
  • Improved performance of young foals on broodmares
  • Improved coat condition and gloss
  • Improved hoof quality and strength
  • Reduced risk of cholic and choke

The reason these benefits have been seen time and again by users of Fodder Solutions systems worldwide is that their horses are used to being fed on dry and dead feeds. While these feeds contain more than adequate nutrition, the difference is in how the horse digests it’s feed, and how much benefit it gains from the feed.

Natural Feed = Natural Digestion

Green leaves = live enzymes - All grazing animals rely on bacteria and enzymes in the gut to aid digestion. The horse for example is designed to extract up to 30% of its nutrition from the ceacum (hind gut), and with dead feeds they aren’t getting the beneficial enzymes and microbes that fresh fodder can provide. Feeding fresh green fodder will mean your horse will get the maximum from it’s feed, and none of it is wasted.
Amino Acid proteins - The sprouting grain converts its existing protein into Amino Acid proteins in the green leaves. These are the best form of protein as they are building blocks for larger proteins. They are used for building muscle tissue, and provide your horse with slow release energy. These are the factors that improve condition, work rates and recovery rates.
Essential fatty acids - Barley fodder is packed with essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6. Studies have shown that a good supply of these compounds helps relieve arthritis, asthma, eczema, inflammation after exercise and ulcerative colitis, whilst also improving recovery rates, immune system, hormone balance, bone density and efficiency of oxygen transfer from red blood cells to tissues.
Hydration - When taken from the system the feed is wet and the biscuit itself contains up to 80% moisture. Amongst other things this provides excellent hydration, which helps to flush toxins from the system improving recovery rates and blood flow.
Sprouts can have an alkalising effect on the body and help to neutralise acidic waste, helping to develop a stronger immune system and quicker healing. Horses assimilate and use nutrition and oxygen more effectively when their rumen and cells have an alkaline balance.
Chlorophyll is excellent for blood cleansing and renewal, as well as helping to detoxify the body. It has a regenerative effect on the lungs, glands, vascular system and lymphatic system.
Fresh fodder biscuits provide a simulated grazing process for your horse, which is much more suited to their digestive system than several bulk feeds of concentrated nutrition per day.

Vitamin and Mineral benefits

Vitamin A

  • Excellent for disease resistance
  • Skin & coat condition
  • Nervous system function

Vitamin E

  • Immune system competence & disease resistance
  • Heart, skeletal & respiratory muscle function
  • Oxygen utilisation
  • Possible role with Selenium preventing muscle tie-up syndrome
  • Nervous system function

Vitamin C

  • Possible link to blood capillary strength and fragility

The system

  • Fodder Solutions systems are hydroponic growing rooms that have been developed to provide optimum conditions for sprouting seeds
  • The system is plug and play so is very easy to set up and run
  • Air temperature, water temperature and irrigation are all automated and controlled
  • The system has a UV light at the front end so the sprouts move toward the light
  • Normal 240V electric supply is required but systems can be run using solar power
  • Constant water supply is required as the integral water tank works with a ball cock to refill itself after every automated spray
  • No media is required as the seed sprouts in specially designed growing trays
  • The system is run to waste, which means the water isn’t recycled, but if stored it can be used as stock water
  • The system works on a 6-day rotation with each day’s trays being emptied at the front of the system, washed down, and re-seeded at the back of the system. This rotation moves the trays through the system

The seed

  • The main base of livestock feed sprouted in our system uses Barley
  • Sprouted Barley provides an excellent balanced nutrition and at a cost of £0.25/Kg it provides great value for money
  • Each biscuit requires approx 1.2Kg of dry seed to produce 8-10Kg of fresh sprouted fodder
  • The Barley seed used in the system must be tested and certified as guaranteed 95% germination rate – it’s all about the green shoots!
  • The seed sprouts to its maximum natural capability without pre-soaking or the addition of nutrient in our 6-day cycle
  • Sprouting grains don’t use any available nutrient until day 5, thus any added nutrient up until that point is wasted, we have ongoing trials to find a cost effective nutrient that can provide a value for money benefit within our 6-day cycle
  • You can add other seeds such as Sunflower, Lupin and Mung beans to add extra protein, starch and oil and make each biscuit specific to your animals’ dietary requirements
  • You can also use Fenugreek, which is one of the oldest recorded medicinal herbs

The feed

  • Over 6 days the roots sprouted by the barley seed mesh together to provide a cohesive ‘biscuit’ which weighs approx 8-10Kg
  • Each biscuit is easily lifted individually from the trays
  • The biscuit is ready to feed straight from the system
  • There is no waste, as your animals will eat the whole biscuit, including the roots and shot seeds

The fresh feed has many nutritional benefits. Please click the Nutritional Science tab above for further information.