Do you have any low-starch feeds?
Yes, we have a pelleted feed called Carbolyte that does not use corn. It is 12% protein and 6% fat. When starches in feed are broken down by a horse's digestive system, glucose is produced. This is a problem for insulin-resistant horses because they need to avoid glucose production as much as possible. An overload of nonstructural carbohydrates (NSCs), typically a combination of starch and sugar, can cause any horse to have colic or laminitis or to founder.
Do you deliver?
Yes, we have a 10-bag minimum for delivery. For locations of Excel Equine distributors near you, please click Find Your Source at the top of this page.
How do I manage/prevent gastric ulcers?
A steady, consistent supply of quality forage is the best defense against gastric ulcers. When a horse chews, it creates saliva to neutralize acid in the stomach. If your horse needs grain in addition to its forage, feed high quality feeds with ingredients such as beet pulp, alfalfa meal, or soybean meal to make digestion more efficient. Also, the more turnout a horse can possibly get the better off he or she will be.
What should I feed my broodmares?
They should be on a 14% to 16% protein feed and only in the last three months or so of pregnancy should their feed quantity increase. Until then, they can be treated as any other mare. At about nine months, a pregnant mare's protein, vitamin and mineral consumption should be increased as well as the amount of feed. A broodmare will also require a high quality protein source to produce quality milk for her foal. For example, a 1,200-pound broodmare will probably consume around 12 pounds of feed a day in addition to quality roughage and lots of water. Broodmares need three times more water in late pregnancy and during lactation.
Why won't my horse eat?
Horses go off their feed for many reasons. Sudden changes in feed, poor living conditions, poor quality feed and forage, illness such as ulcers, vitamin and mineral imbalances, and high intensity workouts can all cause feeding problems. There are a number of ways you can help encourage your horse to eat. Make sure it gets plenty of turnout and exercise, is not being bullied by other horses at feeding time and that its living environment is clean and healthy. You should also ensure that hay quality is good and feed tubs are cleaned. If you have a finicky eater, it can help to mix applesauce, honey or bananas into a horse’s feed.