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SHAPE-UP™

Low-Calorie Mix

Suitable for:

  • Good-Doers & native breeds
  • Horse and ponies requiring a specialist feed to help maintain a healthy metabolism
  • Horses and ponies that require a low calorie feed
  • Horse and ponies that may have an increased risk of metabolic issues

Features & benefits:

  • High in fibre, low starch (7.5%), low sugar (7%) ration
  • Includes Acid Buf to help maintain a healthy digestive environment in horses and ponies on a restricted ration
  • Recommended daily intake of biotin to support hoof and horn quality (30mg/kg)
  • Contains Omega 3 fatty acids to aid in maintaining joint health and mobility
  • Elevated levels of magnesium to support cell and muscle function
  • Contains cinnamon for palatability & antioxidant support

SHAPE-UP™ is a low starch, low sugar, high fibre mix designed to provide a balanced diet at low intake levels and to help maintain a normal, healthy metabolism. This whole cereal free ration has been designed to give a minimal glycaemic response post-feeding when fed in small quantities, and the low feeding rate makes it ideal for good-doers, as well as horses that may be prone to excitable or anxious behaviours.

SHAPE-UP™ can also be used as a calorie-controlled ration for those with an increased risk of metabolic disorders to meet micronutrient requirements whilst maintaining a low starch, sugar and calorie intake.

Based on "Super-Fibre" technology, the energy provided is in a slow-release manner, which helps to optimise stamina and maintain a calm and trainable temperament. Being in the form of a mix, SHAPE-UP™ provides a higher level of slow-release energy when compared to traditional pelleted balancers through the fibre and oil sources that are used within the formulation.

Shape-Up contains an original acid neutralizing ingredient (Acid Buf) and a mycotoxin binder which help to maintain a healthy digestive system, ideal for horses that may be on restricted forage rations as well as those that are regularly travelling and in higher workloads.

Cinnamon is included which not only has antioxidant properties but also helps to maintain normal blood glucose levels helping to ensure even body condition scores. SHAPE-UP™ contains a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals, including a healthy hoof package to provide key nutrients required to maintain optimum hoof quality. SHAPE-UP™ also contains essential amino acids to support muscle function and development and magnesium is also added to help maintain normal cell sensitivity to insulin, nerve transmission and muscle contraction.

Ingredients

  • Oatfeed
  • Sugar Beet Pulp
  • Soya Hulls
  • Molasses
  • Soya Flakes
  • Pea Flakes
  • Soya Oil
  • Full Fat Linseed
  • Maerl (calcareous marine algae)
  • Dicalcium Phosphate
  • Monocalcium Phosphate
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Soya Bean Meal
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Cinnamon
  • Mannan Oligosaccharides

Nutrition

Ingredient Quantity
Oil 6.5%
Protein 10.0%
Fibre 17.5%
Digestible Energy 11.5 MJ/kg
Starch 7.5%
Sugar 6.5%
Vitamin A 33,500 iu/kg
Vitamin D 5,750 iu/kg
Vitamin E 820 iu/kg
Selenium 1.25 mg/kg

The feeding rates are offered as a guideline, if you would like to discuss your horse's individual requirements please contact a member of our nutritional team on 01622 718487

Feed Body weight Frequency
200g 100 kg per day
These feeding rates are intended as a guide only. Always try to feed a minimum of 1.5% of bodyweight as good quality forage per day.

These recommendations are intended as a guide only. Intakes may vary according to the quality and type of forage used, the amount of grazing time available and, in addition, the horse's metabolic rate and type of work being carried out.

We recommend that you speak to a Saracen Nutritionist if you require further assistance if your horse has been diagnosed as being obese, needs to lose weight or is suffering from laminitis.

E.g 500kg horse, feed 1kg per day. A 20kg bag will feed a 500 kg horse for 20 days


SHAPE-UP™ is the result of nearly two years of research and development and incorporates some of the most recent and up to date nutritional innovations for horses and ponies that require a low starch and low-calorie feed. It is well documented that inappropriate dietary management and insufficient exercise is one of the main causes of equine obesity in the UK horse and pony population. Any horse or pony that carries excess body weight over a prolonged period of time will suffer from health problems such as increased stress on the cardiovascular and skeletal systems and most importantly an increased risk of laminitis and other associated metabolic disorders.

Research continues to reveal more information about the many benefits of supplementing horses with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to inhibit the production of substances that cause inflammation and cartilage degradation. SHAPE-UP™ provides a balanced source of omega-3 to help maintain healthy joints and mobility.


ACID BUF

SHAPE-UP™ contains Acid Buf, a marine-derived buffering agent, which helps to support optimal acidity levels in the stomach and hindgut for horses on a restricted diet. In the hindgut, it helps to maintain a normal pH to ensure the health of the bacterial population in the large intestine. A study that was carried out by the Royal Agricultural University found that Acid Buf increased VFA (volatile fatty acid) production in the hindgut as well as improving fermentation and maintaining a stable pH for 18 hours after consumption, meaning that this product will also support hindgut health.

MYCOTOXINS

Mycotoxins can be produced by moulds in cereals, forage, and pasture. To help manage the body condition of "good-doers" we as owners normally feed a lower nutrient value forage source and perhaps provide access to poor grazing. This can increase the risk of the possible presence of Mycotoxins within the diet. SHAPE-UP™ contains a yeast cell wall that has been identified for its ability to absorb Mycotoxins and take them out of the body, ensuring they are not absorbed by the horse, thus helping to protect horses against their possible effects.

ANTIOXIDANTS

SHAPE-UP™ contains high levels of essential antioxidants, including cinnamon and vitamin E, which are known for their benefits in helping to maintain optimal cellular defences, health, and wellbeing.

MAGNESIUM

Optimum levels of magnesium are included in SHAPE-UP™. Magnesium helps to maintain normal cell and platelet function, nerve transmission, and muscle contraction. Research suggests that magnesium is also important for maintaining normal cell sensitivity to support a healthy metabolism.

HEALTHY HOOF PACKAGE

SHAPE-UP™ includes a hoof package to provide key nutrients required to maintain optimum hoof quality. A range of micronutrients are essential to support optimum hoof growth and quality. SHAPE-UP™ Balancer contains calcium, chelated zinc and copper, essential amino acids lysine and methionine, and the recommended amount of biotin.

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