As our horses get older, one starts to notice small changes.
Veteran Mix (Saracen)
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5 in stock (can be backordered)
As our horses get older, one starts to notice small changes. They begin to appear sunken around the hips; they do not carry as much weight as they used to and they may develop a slightly more laid-back attitude to life. Often horses over sixteen (depending on type) lose condition during the winter or summer when pasture is sparse, despite adequate shelter and hay. This is simply a reflection of their age and reduction in the efficiency of their digestive system. Pain and discomfort from arthritis and earlier injuries may affect appetite and condition. Older horses need feeding Saracen Veteran Mix – a high quality, highly digestible mix designed specifically for the needs of the older horse.
Saracen Veteran Mix was the first diet specifically designed to meet the different requirements of the older horse and we have just made it better.
Often the older horse does not require the high levels of instant energy he needed when he was younger, but still requires a raised level of calories to maintain and promote condition without overburdening the large intestine with starch (soluble carbohydrates). This new formulation has a greater emphasis placed on the use of Saracen Super Fibre technology. Super Fibres contain a similar level of accessible calories to that of cereals. This enables the cereal portion of the recipe to be reduced and consequently the starch level of the diet is reduced. This helps to avoid the likelihood of any digestive disorders caused by high grain diets. With the addition of high levels of vegetable oil combined with Super Fibres, energy in the diet is made available to the horse slowly thus helping avoid the fizz that can be associated with higher starch diets.
In addition, this new formulation contains E-Max Ester, a new and unique Vitamin E source only available through Saracen Horse Feeds. E-Max Ester is a natural organic source of Vitamin E and has superior bioavailability, compared to the commonly used synthetic versions, being more highly digestible and preferentially metabolised by the horse. Recent studies conducted at Kentucky Equine Research revealed that horses receiving E-Max Ester increased plasma vitamin E levels greater than 56% above base line compared to horses receiving the equivalent amount of synthetic product. Antioxidants such as vitamin E act to mop up free radicals helping to maintain normal muscle function and decrease recovery time after exercise. Providing E-Max Ester through Veteran Mix will ensure that the veteran receives the many benefits of vitamin E. Namely optimised antioxidant levels to help maintain normal metabolic systems and reduce the signs of ageing! Also it will help to maintain a healthy immune system thus affording him the best protection to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Just the same as the original, the new improved Veteran Mix contains the raised quality protein levels required by the older horse along with the addition of E-Max Ester. Levels of vitamins, minerals and phosphorous are also increased. This high fibre, high oil level diet with the addition of four different herbs remains as palatable and nutritious as ever.
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