12 Jul New Partnership Offers More Health Benefits to Horses
by Dr Clair Thunes PhD Nutrition
Consulting Nutritionist for EnviroEquine & PET
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Deep down you know that if given a choice, horses would not eat 2 or 3 meals a day they would eat constantly because that is how they are designed to eat.
But your barn only feeds hay twice a day so what are you supposed to do?
Deep down you know that you are not supposed to feed more than about 4 pounds of grain to an average size horse in one meal.
Because any more can overwhelm the small intestine leading to undigested starch entering the hindgut where it increases the risk of digestive disturbance and colic. But your barn only feeds grain once a day so what are you supposed to do?
You are doing the best you can but deep down something tells you that it is not good enough.
What if there was a product that you could put hay pellets in and program to supplement your horse’s hay with additional forage between meals?
What if there was a product that you could put your daily grain and supplements in to that could be programmed to feed small meals on a schedule determined by you? What if after colic surgery or an ulcer diagnosis there was a product you could use to feed your horse around the clock instead of having to get up at all hours of the night? And what if there was a product that could reduce the risk of these conditions happening again or from happening at all?
What if we told you that this product exists and is called iFEED?
Developed in Denmark and used extensively throughout Europe, iFEED is a patented electronic feeder that can be programmed to serve up to 48 meals a day to your horse. In fact one timer can run multiple feeders. You program the time the meal is to be given and how much to feed, and iFEED delivers that meal in small 2 to 3 ounce portions on time.
These small meals allow for greater utilization of the diet as more is digested. This results in lower waste production which not only lowers your feed bill, but less waste means less time sent stall cleaning and lower bedding costs. In fact users of iFEED report savings of up to 30 percent on their feed bills! iFEED may also lower your vet bill. By enabling a system that serves small portions frequently, iFEED helps honor your horse’s digestive anatomy and physiology. Providing small meals constantly results in more frequent chewing, and the associated production of saliva helps to buffer stomach acid helping to maintain a healthy stomach environment. In turn the constant movement of small amounts of feed through the digestive tract and nutrients being absorbed in to the blood stream promotes stable blood insulin which has benefits on both metabolism and performance.
Recommended by veterinarians and nutritionists around the globe, EnviroEquine is thrilled to be a distributor of these amazing feeders in the United States. “We are committed to products that support the health and well-being of your horse and we are dedicated to simplifying your life” explains Angela Bracket Partner and EnviroEquine’s Director of Marketing. To learn more about iFEED and place your order click here.
SAVINGS IN FEED
Consulting Nutritionist for EnviroEquine Dr. Clair Thunes is passionate about her profession—one that she decided upon at the age of 14. After earning a Bachelor of Science with Honors from Edinburgh University, and a Master of Science in Animal Science and a PhD in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, Dr. Thunes went on to found Summit Equine Nutrition LLC an independent consulting company in 2007. An experienced nutritionist and accomplished scientist, Dr. Thunes understands the vital role that nutrition plays in managing horses today. Most importantly, she believes in making nutrition accessible to everyone and removes the guesswork so that owners have the peace of mind that their horse’s diets are optimal for maximum health and peak performance. Her clients include all horses from competitors at the 2016 Rio Olympics to retired pasture friends, mules and miniature donkeys. She writes a weekly online commentary for theHorse.com and her nutrition articles have been published in noted publications including: The Horse, Equine Wellness, Trail Blazer, Horse & Rider and The Horse Report. Besides consulting she teaches equine nutrition and equine exercise physiology in the Animal Science Department at UC Davis and equine health at Cosumnes River College. Clair continues to be involved with The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. and she is currently the Regional Supervisor for the Sierra Pacific Region.