Feeding Guidelines

Due to the unique formulation and compatibility to the horse’s sensitive digestive system, TOTAL can be safely fed to all horses in all disciplines and life-stages. Our TOTAL Horse Feed Concept takes the complexity and guess work out of feeding different horses with a range of feeds or unnecessary, expensive supplements. The high digestibility and health enhancing properties of TOTAL means that simple quantity adjustment is all that is needed to meet your individual horse’s daily energy and nutrient requirements.

Every horse is an individual and should be fed as such, but here are some general feeding
recommendations.

Overweight/Good doers

Equine obesity is a growing issue amongst our horses and has reported as being the ‘norm’ in the UK and other countries. There are also certain breeds of horses or ‘types’ who are predisposed to gaining weight on very little, such as our much-loved Cobs. This poses a big problem for our horses, as by nature they are trickle feeding herbivores designed to graze and chew for 16-18 hours/day. This system worked well for the equine species when it roamed the fibrous plains or evolved in places such as the Iberian Peninsula where land and grazing was mostly dry foliage, high in fibre and low in sugar and calories. Read more

Resting & Light Work

The elevated levels of vitamins & mineral, along with highly digestible fibre and oil content means that smaller portions can be fed to horses that are esting or in light work ensuring that their nutritional needs are met and mineral deficiencies balanced.

Average intake 1-2kgs/day

Hard Workers & Performers

Increased quantities of TOTAL can be safely fed to working & competition horses who need more energy and higher nutrient levels. Energy is primarily supplied by super fibres and oil which are readily digested without the detrimental and hyperactive effects of starch overload associated with cereal-based feeds. The inclusion of probiotics ensures optimum fibre digestion, nutrient absorption and protects horses from digestive upset when travelling and competing. Unlike cereal based feed, TOTAL does not provoke insulin ’spikes’ so can be fed closer to, and during competition without the risk of insulin related fatigue and impaired performance.

Average intake 3-4kgs/day

Brood Mares & Youngsters

The high quality and broad-spectrum protein sources supply essential amino acids required by brood mares in the final stages of gestation, and during lactation. The low water-soluble carbohydrate content (starch & sugar), and balanced nutrients promotes steady bone growth for youngsters, helping to prevent the risk of developmental orthopaedic issues during the critical growth stages of their lives. Our live yeast probiotic Yea-Sacc1026 has been scientifically proven to promote steady bone growth in youngsters and improved milk flow in mares.

Average intake 3-4kgs/day

Elderly & Convalescing Horses

As TOTAL is based on ingredients suited to the sensitive digestive system of the horse, elderly and convalescing horses will particularly benefit from the quality fibres, elevated vitamins & minerals, and immune supporting herbs. Geriatrics will also benefit from the nutrient density when intake is reduced through low appetite or dental deterioration, along with the antioxidants, which help mop up free radicals and maintain a healthy immune system.

Average intake 1.5-3kgs

“TOTAL Holistic Horse Feed is now celebrating over 20 years of simple, successful equine nutrition, proving over and over again that our feed benefits all horses from post-operative, through to elite competition horses in all disciplines, and all those in between of course.
We even boast donkeys, ponies and a Zorse as part of the TOTAL family!”

*For clinical or complex cases please contact us at – info@totalhorsefeed.com