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Horse Pellets

"The Horse is a born athlete - to enhance performance and the prevention of disease just add training and balanced nutrition!"


Wes Horse Pellets is a balanced organic horse feed that has been formulated by taking international equine knowledge and combining it with local conditions to produce a colic resistant complete horse feed incorporating the necessary nutrients for prevention of disease and dehydration.

Feeding Wes Horse Pellets enables your horse’s digestive system to process the feed easily.

This is due to the feed being organic, whereby it is broken down into its simplest forms. The nutrients are absorbed into the blood stream and provide proteins, vitamins and minerals for growth, repair and energy, or to be stored for future needs.

The complete equine digestive system, both structures and functions, have been considered to ensure optimum health and potential of your horse when you feed Wes Horse Pellets


Wes Horse Pellets are high in natural fibre (ACACIA). By virtue of the fact that the horse is one herbivore that is dentured with incisor teeth on both the upper and lower jaw, and that one of the processes of equine
digestion is bacterial fermentation (digestion of fibre by bacteria in the hindgut), good quality fibre is essential in a horses’ diet. It also addresses the physiological aspects unique to horses and therefore provides dental health, prevents peptic ulcers as well as dehydration accompanying sweat loss.

Another reason why horses are equipped with incisor teeth on the upper and lower jaws is to enable horses to ingest various fibre structures, both grass (long fibre) as well as shrubs/bushes (polygonal particle fibre), akin to the semi-arid habitat where many horses originate from.





Why ACACIA fibre?

Like herbal teas, acacia has recently been realized for its natural source of many nutrients. Acacia is beneficial to herbivores and in many cases forms their staple diet. The benefits of acacia are:

Mineral and Trace elements

  1. Vitally important aspect of any animals overall condition and reproduction. Owing to an elaborate root structure, the Acacia sp.extracts largely untapped minerals and trace elements from the ground and makes these readily available for ingestion through the feed. "Overall soil health has a direct, although not immediately visible, impact on animals" quote Summerhill - FW 28/07/2007.


Protein

  1. Acacia has a protein value higher than that of many grasses. An average full grown horse (excluding pregnant, lactating, very old etc.) cannot assimilate more than 8 – 10% protein. Ref: Veterinary Manual for the Performance Horse – Nancy L. Loving, DVM.
  2. The adequate levels of protein are essential for the development of reliable anti-bodies and immune systems. The levels of protein in herbage such as grasses varies with its stage of growth (winter, spring, summer etc), but the horses digestive demands remain constant.


Tannins

  1. Recently the anti-oxidant and cardio-protective potential of tannins / polyphenolics has been emphasized - even in human nutrition.
  2. Other potentially beneficial effects of natural dietary tannins are:
    1. Pathogen control: parasites and bacteria
    2. Colic / bloat prevention
    3. Iron Chelation
    4. Processed animal feeds are relatively low or have no tannins. It has been hypothesized that this may lead to a “lacking” resulting in undesirable behaviour like biting, stripping trees, ornamentals and other shrub eating. In “free range” such safe levels of tannins would normally be available!


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