5.5.21 - Dear Carol, We have followed your advice on the feeding of our Irish Draft Frank to the Equivita M+S and the Leitchgenus chaff and their Weisenflakes. What a difference to him, his skin is amazing and he gleams with health! The vet says he is so pleased with him. My very kindest regards and sincere thanks, Lynn C.
14.6.20 Just changed my boys onto your recommended feeds, so far huge improvements in all departments including a traditional who for the first time has no mallanders behind his knee. And an itchy coat is now comfortable and no flaky skin 🌟 they love the food and I’m confident that everything they are eating is natural, no fillers or nasties in it 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Thank you Carol x Lynn G
Remembering that the horse is a hindgut fibre-fermenter and should only eat grass forage, there is no feed-brand finer, in my humble opinion, than the Agrobs Pre-Alpin all-natural, chemical-free, multi-diverse bavarian grass fibre range.
NB. In case you haven't read the NB at the end of our Why what we feed has to be right page, can I just say again that I'm not linked - or in association with - any feed companies. I'd also like to add that my recommendations here don't mean these are the only feeds I'd feed that are out there; there may be many other independent growers and producers who aim for clean grass-forage feeds; it could also be that I've either tried and declined, or rather, my horses have - either way there's no intention on my part to specifically exclude any feed brands here. My brand preferences are simply my own personal choice which have proven to work well for my own horses' health, hence I'm happy to recommend them.
With 3 metabolics in our herd (Murphy and MacAttack both IR, Cookie with Cushing's since 2014), they all get a scoop of the Agrobs' Leitchgenus chaff (nicknamed 'Fatties Chaff') as their base feedbowl, which is a combo of super-low starch grasses coming in at just under 2%, with a bit of addedoat straw (which gives them a token gesture of lignan woody-fibre prebiotic for their hindguts). I'm also happy to add in a handful of the Agrobs' Weisenflakes, just simple, compressed, diverse grasses; Agrobs also do a larger 'cob' - their Weisencobs - the Weisenflakes are simply sliced up Weisencobs , just with less soak time.
Come winter, our TB, Carmen, gets the Agrobs Myo Protein Flakes as she now drops a bit of condition over winter, so these give her a higher protein content - see our Blog 'Extra Autumn/Winter Protein for our Poor Doers'
None of my local feed merchants sell the Agrobs range so I get it online via EquiSupermarket - https://www.equisupermarket.co.uk/nutrition-horse-feed.irc?brand=6000518 who usually deliver within 2-3 days. If there's a supply issue with the Agrobs, my 2nd choice is the perfectly lovely Thunderbrook brand, who do a nice Meadow Cob.
My routine? I'm very lucky - I've now hung up my reins and the horses and I are now happily retired together, so they all live out permanently on around 7-acres of rented ancient sheep moorland. I split this into a separate summer and winter field, with roomy field shelters that we put up.
When I arrive and after the usual greeting (😉) I go straight to my feedroom - a knackered old caravan next to the shelters - and dish up the forage and a handful of the Weisenflakes into each feedbowl. In goes 1-litre of water and a slosh of ACV, and the soak begins. I then head off to do their hay which takes around 10-mins. Hay done, and it's back to the van to finish off with the essential nutrients to balance their body chemistry and their relevent herbal supporting blends.
- Minerals - to supplement the missing mineral nuts and bolts back into the diet, I feed our EquiVita mineral balancer range - https://equinatural.co.uk/c/online-shop/equivita-mineral-solutions
- Next, Linseed (micronised) for the Omega-3 - https://equinatural.co.uk/p/linseed-micronised - they get hay all year round but with permanent access to grass so during the summer they get 50g each; come winter when the nutrient levels in the grasses drop, we up it to 100g each.
- Salt - https://equinatural.co.uk/p/sea-salt-coarse - 20g each/day.
Top Tip - During winter and to make life easier, I feed our 3-in-1 VitaComplete which combines our EquiVita with the salt and linseed blended into one supplement. This saves having the extras in my feedroom to measure in.
The above is what I consider non-negotiable, then I add in some extras, just my own personal choice:
- ACV - super nutritious, and beneficial for deacidifying the gut system.
- Spirulina - an excellent gut mycotoxin binder and deacidifier - I feed it for 2-weeks-ish every couple of months.
- Our DuoBute anti-inflam, as a preventative for the 3 metabolics, and for Carmen with her wonky foot and her stiffness.
- Acetyl L-Carnitine for leptin resistance (for the 3 meta's), plus it's also beneficial for Carmen's mobility.
Now to their therapeutics:
- Murf and MacAttack get our MetaTonic, although come spring MacAttack gets a combo mix of our MetaTonic and SwItchTonic for his chronic sweetitch in summer, with a pot of our SwItchGel always on hand. Mac also gets P5P as I'm managing him as a KPU candidate, in the hope (crossing everything) that we can significantly downgrade his sweet itch.
- Carms gets our JSTTonic as she's officially 2/10 lame (twisted hoof).
- Every spring/autumn at coat change time, they all get a 1-month course of our LKL-CARE for a liver/kidneys tonic.
So there we have it: Agrobs Leitchgenus chaff, with a handful of Weisenflakes, our EquiVita forage-balanced minerals, micronised Linseed and salt (or VitaComplete for convenience), ALCar, ACV, and their respective herbs etc.