There are hundreds of different types of feed balancers that you can buy today. Some are specifically formulated for competition horses, some are formulated that have very high workloads, some are for veteran horses, some are for overweight horses. In short the amount of products that we can choose from is massive and this massive choice leaves a lot of inexperienced horse riders confused, simply because they don’t know which products are good and which ones are bad.
In this article I would like to clear some confusion and share with you some insights about equine feed balancers. I have spent the last fifteen months working in the equine supplements industry and I have learned a thing or two about these supplements that every horse rider should know about.
We are going to learn why you should use feed balancers in the first place, what active ingredients to look for and how to choose a brand that produces high quality products.
Why you should use feed balancers in the first place: Equine feed balancers have been around for decades and they are proven and tested by time and experiences of thousands of horses from all over the world. Feed balancers are very similar to multi-vitamin supplements for humans in a way that they are packed with all of the essential nutrients our horses need to look and feel great.
The fact is that some horses lack condition, tend to lose weight, have cracked hooves and dull coats, and this is primarily as a result of lack of nutrients in their diets. To prevent this from happening you should supplement your horse’s diet with a high quality feed balancer.
What active ingredients to look for in high quality products: First of all you want to look for products that contain pre and pro biotic, because these increase the amount of friendly bacteria in the gut, which in effect allows to break down nutrients faster. This improvement in efficiency of digestive system leads to an increase nutrient uptake which has a positive effect on the way our horses look and feel.
In addition to this you also want to look for products that contain minerals such as iron, copper, zinc. These minerals will increase the number of red blood cells in the blood and they also promote the development of healthy and scurf free skin.
How to find a brand that makes high quality products: The best way to find great products and great companies is to simply have a look at what other people have to say about the products and what are their experiences. If something does not work then the feedback will spread very fast in the equestrian community. On the other had if you know that most of the other riders use a particular equine feed balancer then the chances are pretty high that it works.