Ultra Low GI is a feed that offers energy to your horse in a different form to most other feeds; it is one of the best of the calming feeds for horses in the marketplace.
The effect of sugar in the bloodstream is measured by GI or the Glycemic Index; this offers a rating of how a feed affects blood sugar levels in the horse and essentially, the higher the GI, the more the effect on blood sugar levels. Our Ultra Low GI feed has a very low GI marker compared to traditional grain based horse feeds. Read more about Low GI Feed, Excitable Behaviour, Problems and Solutions
How does Ultra Low GI feed differ from traditional horse feeds?
Unlike grain based feeds where starch is the principal energy source, Ultra Low GI feed is a fantastic low starch horse feed as it provides energy in the form of “Super Fibres” (highly digestible fibres) and plant oils to give your horse a safe, gentle and reliable source of fuel. Ultra Low GI feeds avoid cereals as an energy source so no barley or oats and a true low GI feed should not contain any grains. Our low GI feeds are true to their word and contain no grains at all but some feeds on the market which claim to be low GI do in fact contain some grains (cereals) so read your ingredient list carefully.
Why is Ultra Low GI feed a better source of energy for my horse than a cereal based feed?
Traditional grain based feeds are not suitable for certain types of horses. Some horses exhibit undesirable behavioural issues when fed on traditional grain feeds due to the amount of starch produced during digestion – essentially, they can ‘hot up’ so Ultra Low GI feed is the best calming horse feed for these types of horses.
Despite the fact that grain feeds have been offered to horses for many years, some horses do not actually tolerate high starch diets very well; it can lead to adverse gut fermentation and other conditions such as tying up, sometimes even leading to colic. Other horses have pre-existing conditions such as laminitis, Cushings or Equine Metabolic Syndrome and are clinically required to be on feed which avoids high starch levels, and require a low sugar horse feed with energy sourced from fibre and oil.
Rather than using oats or barley to provide energy, Ultra Low GI feed uses Soya Hulls. The effect of a particular feed on blood sugar levels is called the Glycemic Index. Oats have a Glycemic Index (GI) of 100 which is deemed to be very high; Soya Hulls in contrast have a GI of 7 so no comparison.
Also an excellent source of protein and offering some secondary energy value and extremely palatable to the horse are micronized lupins. Treated in the same way as linseed to make the nutritional content accessible to the horse’s digestive system, the process of micronisation ensures good digestibility and also palatability thereby reducing the risk of conditions associated with poor digestibility such as laminitis, acidosis and colic.
Will my horse do well on Ultra Low GI feed, I don’t want him to lose weight or lack energy for performance?
Containing Linseed, Cold Pressed Canola Oil, Micronized Lupins and Full Fat Soya, Ultra Low GI Feed is the perfect choice for either maintenance in resting horses or working horses which have a defined energy requirement. Horses can obtain all their nutritional needs from fibre and oil which provide slow release energy sources, they can work effectively and comfortably on the components within Ultra Low GI feed. Just feed according to body weight and level of work.
What else is in Ultra Low GI feed?
Ultra Low GI Feed contains Levucell SC “Titan” encapsulated Live Brewers Yeast to improve digestion, hind gut health and growth, Omegas 3, 6 and 9 which are obtained from cold pressed Canola Oil and a range of broad spectrum vitamins and minerals to ensure that all nutritional requirements are met. This is the ultimate cool horse feed. Read more about Low GI Feed, Excitable Behaviour, Problems and Solutions
TYPICAL ANALYSIS (DRY MATTER)
Energy D.E. ………………11.6 MJ/kg
Crude protein …………..16.2% min
Fat …………………………12% max
Crude fibre……………….26% max
Selected from Soya Hulls, Micronized Lupins, Cold pressed Canola Oil (Omega 3, 6 & 9), Sunflower Seed, Linseed, Full Fat Soya, Soya bean meal, Molasses, Di Calcium Phosphate, Salt, Vitamins and Minerals, Magnesium, Calcium, Live Yeast, Mycotoxin Binder.
CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING VITAMINS AND MINERALS:
|Vitamin A||Vitamin K3||Folic Acid(B9)||Pantothenic Acid (B5)||Zinc|
|Vitamin B12||Biotin (H2)||Iodine||Pyridoxine (B6)|
|Vitamin C||Choline||Iron||Riboflavin (B2)|
|Vitamin E||Copper||Niacin (B3)||Thiamine (B1)|