Premium forage fibre for optimal health and performance – suitable for all horses
Fresh cut lucerne with *Xanotyde®
Aids in the healing and prevention of ulcers in horses
Highly digestible quality protein to build muscle and immunity
High in digestible energy, but very low in sugar and starch
Improves top-line and condition
FiberProtect® is a moist, high energy, highly digestible forage fibre feed comprising pure fresh cut lucerne, ideal for all horses requiring top quality forage. A good source of calcium and other minerals, it also features high levels of digestible protein, lysine and other amino acids which together are essential for vital functions including growth, reproduction and immunity in the horse.
We recommend FiberProtect® when higher levels of digestible protein, essential amino acids and increased muscle development for better top-line condition are required. FiberProtect® is scientifically proven to heal and prevent ulcers in horses. It can be fed on its own to either support pasture/hay feeding, as the primary forage, or together with grain/cereal-based concentrate feeds.
FiberProtect® is especially effective in helping avoid digestive discomfort and gastric disorders associated with grain/concentrate feeding and can help improve digestive function and gastric health in all horses.
FiberProtect® is completely safe, consistent and ideal as the quality forage in the ration of all horses.
FiberProtect® Feeding Recommendation
When planning a diet, the most important consideration is that a horse must receive an absolute minimum of 1.5% of its bodyweight in forage fibre – e.g. hay, pasture, and/or Fiber Fresh per day. The remaining diet must then be balanced according to the quality and composition of that forage fibre and the physiological demands of the horse e.g. growth, lactation, extra energy for exercise, protein etc.
FiberProtect® can be fed on its own in the feed bowl or mixed with supplements.
When introducing to the diet, increase daily amounts by 0.5kg increments until the desired quantity is reached.
We recommend feeding a minimum of 2kg per day, but there is no limit on how much FiberProtect® can be fed
When extra energy is required increase the amount of FiberProtect® first. If even more energy is required in the form of concentrates or grain, only feed up to half the weight of FiberProtect® in the diet, creating a healthy 2:1 ratio mixed; e.g. 2kg FiberProtect® and 1kg concentrate in the feed bowl per meal. This ratio is ideal to buffer the stomach against excessive acidity caused by grain. It increases saliva production, slows intake and increases digestion and metabolism of both the grain and fibre portion, and maintains healthy gut function and hydration.
Feeding FiberProtect® at the correct ratio increases the digestibility of concentrates by 20-30%, therefore the amount of concentrates fed can be reduced. How much to reduce this by will depend on the individual horse and can be reviewed by regular body condition scoring and weighing.
Indicatively, most sport/race horses do best on 4-6kg of FiberProtect® per day in addition to added energy such as grains/concentrate feeds, and fat/oil.