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Stallion Plan

Tailored stallion nutrition


  • Tailored nutrition for stallions in a more concentrated form
  • A specific energy balance leading up to and during covering in the breeding season
  • Providing optimum nutrient levels to enhance fertility, libido and performance


  • BMC® (buffered mineral complex) for digestive health
  • Natural Vitamin E and L-Carnitine for sperm motility
  • Additional omega-3 fatty acids for fertility
  • MOS and Vistacell yeast for hindgut health

For the stallion, the year can be divided into two basic phases, the covering season and the off-season. Breeding stallions are often the most frustrating horses on a farm to maintain at optimal body condition; some become too lean at the height of the breeding season, while others remain heavy no matter what. By providing a carefully balanced diet alongside an appropriate exercise plan and monitoring weight regularly, a stallion can be kept trim all year long.

Stallions vary greatly in the amount of exercise they give themselves; some are naturally more sedentary than others. The anxiety surrounding the breeding shed may prevent some of them from finishing meals. Once an ideal weight has been achieved, every attempt should be made to keep that weight static. Obesity predisposes stallions to laminitis, insulin resistance and soundness problems (particularly of the hind legs, which is reflective of the strain placed on them during breeding), and possibly heart attacks, often caused by aortal rupture. Extremely overweight stallions are also thought to have lowered libido.

A balanced-energy feed with a lower glycemic response may help to moderate blood glucose levels in stallions. A blend of energy sources including fibre, fat and starch has been shown to reduce reactive behaviour and increase focus, making stallions more manageable. If body weight is a problem, stallions should have restricted access to pasture, especially in the spring, and only enough feed to ensure the stallion’s vitamin and mineral requirements are being met. An alternative way to satisfy these requirements is to feed Stamm 30®, a multipurpose vitamin and mineral supplement.

During the off-season, stallions can be maintained on Stamm 30®, and high-quality forage alone if they are good doers. As the breeding season approaches, the Stallion Plan 'Covering Mix’ must be introduced between 60 and 90 days before the season begins. It takes that period of time for the sperm to be manufactured within the male reproductive glands and then become available to fertilise the mare. Stallion Plan has been formulated using the most recent research advances in stallion reproduction.

Carnitine is included as research has demonstrated that it increases progressive sperm motility by over 50%. There is a properly balanced ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids - this has the potential to affect not only sperm quality but sperm quantity. A powerful antioxidant system is provided by added natural Vitamin E and selenium – these nutrients create an environment ideal for sperm protection and function. The feed is fortified with optimal concentrations of supporting vitamins and minerals to promote stallion health and performance during covering, and the off-season. Stamm 30® is included for nutrient continuity, so it contains BMC® (Buffered Mineral Complex) which are research proven, marine-derived bioavailable minerals to support digestive health and hindgut stability by maintaining the correct pH for optimal efficiency of the gastrointestinal tract. Recent research studies conducted by KER have demonstrated the positive effects that BMC® has on bone density and the buffering capacity of the stomach and hindgut. The new calcium source in BMC® can maximise bone density, and subsequent skeletal strength and maintenance.


  • Crushed Oats
  • Dried Sugar Beet Pulp
  • Barley Flakes
  • Wheatfeed
  • Molasses
  • Oatfeed
  • Soya Bean Meal (GM Soya)
  • Maize Flakes
  • Soya Flakes (GM Soya)
  • Full Fat Soya (GM Soya)
  • Lucerne Pellets
  • Full Fat Linseed
  • Pea Flakes
  • Dicalcium Phosphate
  • Sunflower Seed Meal
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Maerl (calcareous marine algae)
  • Calcium carbonate
  • L-Carnitine
  • Calcined Magnesite
  • Mixture of flavouring compounds


Ingredient Quantity
Protein 15%
Oil 6%
Fibre 10%
Digestible Energy 12.7 MJ
Starch 22%
Calcium 1.4%
Phosphorus 0.57%
Copper 50 mg/kg
Zinc 150 mg/kg
Vitamin A 14,000 iu/kg
Vitamin D 1,400 iu/kg
Vitamin E 560 iu/kg
Vitamin E Natural 190 iu/kg
Vitamin C 500 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 Nutrition Team on 01622 718487 or call the Thoroughbred Office on 01488 73456.

Feed Body Weight Frequency
800 g to 1.2 kg Per 100 kg of bodyweight Daily
Feeding requirements will vary subject to individual needs, level of work, body condition and feed management practices. To discuss the needs of your stud, please contact one of our Thoroughbred Specialists who will be able to tailor a feeding plan, taking into consideration all aspects of the diet, from forage sources to feeds and supplements.

Introduce Stallion Plan 60-90 days before the season begins - for more active stallions, feed several smaller meals throughout the day. If intake is less than 3.5 kg per day, add 0.5 kg Stamm 30 Balancer.


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