Targeting ‘Tying -Up’ – Dunstan Race Ease

Targeting ‘Tying -Up’ – Dunstan Race Ease

With on-going research to optimise health, growth and performance in our horses’ Dunstan’s range of top-quality premixed feeds continues to evolve.

One area that can be particularly frustrating for Trainers is ‘tying-up’. There are many variables which can impact on an episode of ‘tying-up’ including environment, individual horse characteristics and nutrition.

In recent years more research has taken place into how feed impacts on a horse’s temperament and behaviour and goes someway to explaining why removing grain and increasing fat has historically been successful in the diets of many horses prone to ‘tying-up’.
Latest research demonstrates that low-starch diets result in less anxious behaviour.

Studies show markers for stress, such as heart rate and cortisol levels are reduced in response to a stimulus for horses on low-starch diets. Many Trainers will acknowledge that often the ‘tye-up’ horses may be the more anxious, highly-strung individuals.
With this information, Dunstan has refined its formulation for Dunstan Race Ease, a textured feed specifically formulated for horses prone to ‘tying-up’.
The goal was to further reduce the reliance on starch as a key calorie source and utilise fats and fibres to meet energy demands. This was achieved by increasing the contribution of the ‘super fibres’, beet pulp and Soya Hulls. Lupins also provide a valuable calorie source, low in starch, calorie- dense and high in fibre. The primary starch contributors in the diet were removed including Extruded Maize and an Extruded cereal nugget.

To further tailor the product to optimise muscular health, the Vitamin E level is elevated and is provided in the form of Natural Vitamin E for improved bio-availability. Vitamin E is a key antioxidant, important for muscular health, and may be deficient in the diets of horses that have reduced pasture access, and if adequate levels are not provided by supplementary feed.

A unique and key addition to the new Dunstan Race Ease is Melofeed®. Melofeed® is a new age antioxidant, a feed additive designed to fight against oxidative stress. Research has indicated Melofeed® to be beneficial for joint and muscular health in the performance horse. The antioxidant properties of Melofeed® benefit equine muscle membrane, helping to prevent muscle lesions that may occur in horses during intense training, therefore making it the ideal addition to a performance horse feed for horses prone to 'tying-up'. Melofeed® works synergistically with Alkosel (Selenium Yeast) as a first line of oxidative stress. Dunstan Race Ease utilises Alkosel as its organic source of Selenium.

Both a Live Yeast and Chromium have remained in the formulation to optimise performance, digestive health and well-being.