Suitable for: Those with specialised conditions such as Laminitis, Insulin Resistance, Cushings Disease, Tying up and even those prone to Colic and Ulcers.
Equus Safe n Lite is a specialized product for horses and ponies prone to laminitis or those which display an intolerance to sugars and starches. Although Safe ‘n Lite is grain free and very low in starch, ample energy is still available from the added super fibres and fats to support horses doing up to medium level work.
High levels of fibres have been included in Safe n Lite to ensure digestive wellbeing, especially in cases of colic and ulcers.
While various factors can predispose horses to laminitis, one of the most common cause is often a carbohydrate overload in the small intestine. Studies have shown that diets low in NSC (Non Structural Carbohydrates) are beneficial to horses suffering from laminitis and all of the above conditions, and this low NSC is the key factor in the success of Safe ‘n Lite.
Safe ‘n Lite is high in antioxidants vitamin E and selenium, is enriched with omega-3 oils and contains a live yeast culture (2.5g/kg). The product is also specifically formulated with high levels of biotin, manganese, zinc and magnesium, all essential for healthy hooves and also for increasing growth of the hoof horn to assist in recovery from laminitic conditions.
*It should be kept in mind that this product will not necessarily cure an acute laminitic condition. The product does, however, assist in preventing laminitis in horses prone to this disease and to aid those with sensitivities to diets with higher levels of sugars and starches, due to its very low NSC level.
Formulating horse feeds with low NSC levels is intricate and certain ingredients, especially molasses, need to be severely restricted. The Safe n Lite contains only 0.9% Molasses.
Molasses to horses is what sweets are like for children, so keep in mind that horses which are used to cubes (which are often very high in molasses) might need some time to adapt to the new Safe ‘n Lite diet.
In all cases of severe or acute conditions please follow the advice of your veterinary surgeon.
Visit our Friendly Feeding Advice page for interesting articles on these conditions.
Feeding horses with such conditions requires careful consideration. Our consultants work along side your vet to ensure the condition is managed correctly. We therefore suggest you contact us directly for personalised feeding advise- contact Equus Horse Feeds at + 27 73 423 5491 / + 27 83 998 6824.
Equus Safe n Lite should only ever be used to supplement good quality hay and/ or pasture.
To ensure a healthy gut the total roughage portion should never be less than 1% of bodyweight, but preferably at 1.5% unless calories need to be restricted. Always ensure the minimum roughage requirement is met and then adjust the amount of Safe n Lite depending on condition and workload. The Safe n Lite portion should preferably be limited to between 2 and 2.5 kg per feeding.
Depending on the workload, age, condition and quality of the available roughage, the average horse will require between 0.25% and 1% of body weight in Safe n Lite per day (e.g the average 500 kg horse will need between 1.25 and 5 kg of concentrate per day depending on the condition the horse may be suffering from).
Mixing in about 20% of water per weight to the Safe n Lite can aid palatability and many horses prefer the concentrate to be damp and crumbly when fed.
It is very important to ensure that your horse is fed the correct portion of food by weight, not by volume! All feeds have different densities and thus do not weigh the same. Therefore it is very important to establish exactly what weight (kg) your scoop holds of the specific product you are feeding.