Q.) Is Equine Plus® Feed safe for HYPP horses? Does it contain any added potassium?

A: Equine Plus® Feed is safe for HYPP horses. There is no added potassium which would function as an electrolyte and stay in the blood to cause problems. We also include higher levels of magnesium, which is very helpful for HYPP horses who cannot retain magnesium very well inside the cell.

Magnesium is necessary to hold potassium inside the cell where it is supposed to be. If there is a deficiency of magnesium, then that potassium will leak out into the blood and cause the muscle problems that HYPP horses are known to have. It's best for HYPP horses to consume magnesium in the form of magnesium amino acid chelates so that it's targeted to the cell and does not remain in the blood as an electrolyte.

Since HYPP is a genetic mutation, there is no cure for this condition, however HYPP horses can be maintained and functional on Equine Plus® Feed with added magnesium amino acid chelate added.

Interestingly, potassium amino acid chelate, which is not an electrolyte, and does not stay in the blood, has been shown to not affect HYPP horses. The tissue targeting action of amino acid chelates, which we have been using and promoting, for nearly 4 decades, for both humans and animals, makes all the difference in how different kinds of minerals are absorbed, metabolized and excreted in the living body.

You can make your own Equine Plus® Feed without including canola meal by following the instructions for making Formula #2.

Q.) How much do I feed my horse?

General Feeding Instructions

Per Day Feeding (split into two feedings if you can)
Horse lbs. Cups
Average Mini [up to 170 lbs.] 0.5 1.5
14 - 14.3H [750 - 975 lbs.] 2.0-2.75 6.0-8.25
15 - 15.3H [1,000 - 1,100 lbs.] 3.0-3.5 9.0-10.5
16 - 17H [1,125 - 1,250 lbs.] 3.5-3.75 10.5-11.25
17.1 - 18H [1,300-1,500 lbs.] 3.75-4.0 11.25-12.0

A: The Equine Plus® rule of thumb (see chart and daily feeding calculator).

Q.) What else can I feed my horse while it’s on Equine Plus®?

A: For added carb and calorie needs, our biochemist recommends De-hulled Oats, which looks like oatmeal, according to the horses energy or weight gaining needs. Also feed a good grass hay - free of pesticides. A consult with our biochemist may be warranted to get the best out of your horses performance. 

Q.) What kinds of hay are optimal for horses? 

A: Crested wheat (not a true wheat), mixed prairie grass, timothy, orchard grass, and brome (if the horses are not Insulin Resistant).  

Q.) How can I make Equine Plus® Feed Base on my own?

A: FORMULA 1:  You can mix 25 lbs. linseed meal to 12.5 lbs. canola meal to 6.25 lbs. rice bran = 43.75 lbs. to which you add one full Balancer Pack that is recommended for your horses.
2:1:0.5 mix
See Formula 1 Feed Calculator
FORMULA 2: You can mix 6 lbs. of linseed meal with 2 lbs. of rice bran meal = 8 lbs. of “Equine Plus® Feed Base Formula 2” to which you can top dress according to each Balancer Pack's label. (= 6 level yellow scoops of NoCal Balancer in this example)
3 : 1 mix
--or for a larger batch, --To mix a larger mix of Formula 2, use 31.5 lbs. linseed meal to 10.5 lbs. rice bran = 42 lbs. of “Equine Plus® Feed Base” and add in one whole box of whichever Balancer is recommended for your horse.
3 : 1 mix
See Formula 2 Feed Calculator

Q.) Which Equine Plus® Balancer should I use for my horse?

A: You can start your horse on one of our maintenance Balancers (Equine Plus® Balancer Plus [with or without added calcium]  according to if your horse needs the added calcium during its growth years or if you are feeding a pregnant or lactating mare.  We have other Balancers made to assist horses with specific health needs, which would be recommended according to the evaluation of our biochemist.

Q.) What should I do if my horse won’t eat it?

A: Most horses will accept new feeds if just a little is added to a feed they are used to, then simply increase the portion of Equine Plus® at each subsequent feeding.  Flavor enhancers like powdered ginger spice or peppermint or a pinch of cinnamon, or applesauce, are also helpful.

Q.) What should I do if I notice corn, sunflower, or wheat residues in my feed?

A: What little you would find in a bag is from the tailings of a previous mix.  You could simply use a pasta colander to sift out such tailings and feed them to your song birds!  :)

Q.) How do I request a quote for a pallet of Equine Plus® delivered to my barn?

A: Please call our office or fill out the form so we have all the information we need for a precise quote.

Q.) How much water do I add to each serving of Equine Plus® Feed?

A: Add the same volume of water as the volume of Equine Plus® fed at each feeding. 

Q.) Why should I get a hair analysis on my horse?

A: A hair analysis will show what specific deficiencies or metal toxicities your horse individually has, so it eliminates the guess work. 

Q.) Is Equine Plus® safe for all horses and ponies?

A: Yes!  Equine Plus® can be fed to all equines regardless of size or age. Older horses, who have lost their teeth will exhibit a "second bloom" when placed on this mash with soaked hay cubes or soaked chopped hay.  This feed being rich in essential amino and fatty acids plus all the added nutrients from any of our Balancers, provides even compromised horses, ponies, donkeys and mules incredible recoveries from metabolic syndromes due to being very low in carbohydrates. Plus, we use all human grade vitamins and minerals to avoid the common contaminants found in feed grade minerals. 

Q.) Can you feed Equine Plus® to horses prone to colic and/or after colic surgery?

A: Yes! Equine Plus® is even safe for horses who have just had colic surgery, as it is relatively far less abrasive than most standard grains, and far more easily digested than most pellets, where fats, proteins and vitamins have been heated and de-natured. Also, because this feed is served wet, it brings very needed water into the digestive tract which also aids in digestion and prevents impaction.

Q.) Why is this feed so simple in the number of ingredients compared to other feeds?

A: We only use 2-3 simple seed ingredients that we do not waver from, no matter what is cheapest on the grain commodities markets. We do not have hidden, unknown ingredients that are usually on some feed manufacturers labels using vague terms such as "forage products" or "grain by-products" "brewers mash" or "trace elements" etc, that tell you NOTHING about what precise plant or mineral is being used.