An Option For Feeding For Weight Gain
Dunstan Extruded Rice with added Rice Bran Oil provides a calorie-dense feed supplement ideal to achieve weight gains on all types of horses. With an energy level of 17.0 MJ/kg, it provides more calories per kg than any other traditional grain fed to horses. In addition, Dunstan Extruded Rice with added Rice Bran oil also assists with developing ‘topline’ so advantageous in sales preparation diets.
Rice has a reputation for being a ‘cool’ energy source and although significantly higher in calories than oats, many horses that become highly strung oats on do not respond in the same way to rice.
Rice is a very digestible grain with all digestion taking place in the small intestine so issues associated with undigested grain flowing through to the hindgut are avoided. In addition, rice is anti-allergenic and therefore provides owners with an alternative calorie source for the horse that is gluten sensitive.
During the winter months when horses may require additional calorie intake to maintain desired body condition, adding a calorie- dense supplement on top of the existing ration will assist to ‘boost’ the daily energy contribution. The base of any ration should ideally be a good quality complete feed which contains added vitamins and minerals.
This ensures key nutritional requirements of the horse are being met. However, if you are feeding the recommended intakes of a full feed and the horse is still struggling to maintain desirable body condition, then the addition of a calorie-dense supplement such as Dunstan Extruded Rice is ideal.
Vitamins and minerals are not added to Dunstan Extruded Rice and therefore it can be incorporated into the existing ration to provide further calories without doubling up on vitamin and mineral contribution. Add it to the existing ration at 500 grams to 1.5 kg daily.