- Fussy feeders or poor doers, where appetite often limits required energy intake
FEATURES & BENEFITS
- High energy, but low starch - the high oil content contributes to this value, making them lower in starch than any other cereal
- Consistently high crude protein levels compared to other cereals, with a good level of Lysine maintaining the quality
- No bruising or crushing required. These oats are highly digestible when fed whole, and do not deteriorate during storage.
- They contain more nutrients per kilo than ordinary oats, so less cereal is required to provide the same energy intake
Saracen Superioats are a modern development of the traditional cereal, referred to generically as 'naked oats' because they are husk-less. Unlike conventional oats, the husk separates from the kernel during harvesting, leaving a very clean grain. Because the husk is the major source of variability, the levels of nutrients, in particular the oil content, are greatly improved. Consequently, the levels of feed must be reduced accordingly to make allowances for their concentrated values.
The feeding of dietary fat holds exceptional promise as a method of increasing dietary intake, without increasing the volume of feed required. Researchers have repeatedly demonstrated the horse's ability to digest and utilise fats efficiently, therefore assisting the horse in reaching their performance potential.
Furthermore, it appears that adding fat to the exercising horse's diet has a sparing effect on muscle glycogen reserves and, if the horse can be conditioned to, using fat as a fuel source from the onset of training, the muscle will be more effective at using both fats and glycogen for energy.