Partners In Equine Nutrition

Horse enthusiasts the world over have long known that the dream of producing a successful sale ring candidate or racing prospect begins with breeding the best to the best, and hoping for the best. Three companies have added a new twist to that adage, proving conclusively that the ultimate result can be achieved by feeding the best to the best to watch those dreams come true.

Saracen Horse Feeds

Saracen Horse Feeds is an independent, family-owned business with more than 200 years of experience in manufacturing animal feeds. We are well known for being informative - our full-service package of an effective and successful feeding regime, personally delivered, with the correct science behind it has put us into a very recognised position in the bloodstock nutrition sector.

Kentucky Equine Research

Kentucky Equine Research is the most prolific independent equine research centre in the world, entirely committed to the advancement of breeding and athletic performance through nutrition. They are World Leaders in Equine Research and Nutrition, and their goal is to advance the feed industry’s understanding of equine nutrition and exercise physiology, and apply this knowledge to produce healthier horses.

Hallway Feeds

Hallway Feeds are very well established in the world of horseracing, and have had the good fortune of feeding 15 Kentucky Derby winners in the last 25 runnings of the race. Add to that tally the two recent Triple Crown heroes, American Pharoah and Justify, plus numerous Breeders’ Cup Champions and Eclipse Award winners - they are working with the highest level of elite racehorses.

Saracen became a limited company in its own right in 1989 and remains within the Lillico Group and under the command of the fifth generation of the founding family. Our range of specialist thoroughbred breeding feeds has been developed through an exclusive equine nutrition partnership with Hallway Feeds, based in Lexington, Kentucky, since April 2000. Both Saracen Horse Feeds and Hallway Feeds are Brand Partners with Kentucky Equine Research, World Leaders in Equine Research and Nutrition with research centres in Lexington, Kentucky and Ocala, Florida.

This unique alliance of like-minded companies has allowed us to share knowledge and expertise since we joined forces. This collaboration has given Saracen the chance to consistently provide nutritional solutions with unique, progressive feeds that can make a real difference, along with the science to support them.

We benefit together from our association with Kentucky Equine Research and can give the European thoroughbred industry direct access to the most up-to-date products, the very latest technology, and a record of unmatched success. Because of our close links, we can make these resources available in both the recommendations we make and in the way our feed is formulated.

Hallway Feeds are recognised as a leader in the equine feed market, both domestically and internationally, dealing with the highest level of racehorse trainers and thoroughbred breeders. They are the only remaining family-owned and locally-operated feed company dedicated to the equine industry in America. For more than 50 years, Hallway has been at the forefront of equine nutrition, fuelling at least one winner of every current Grade 1 race in North America.

Between us, we feed some of the most prestigious stallions, broodmares and youngstock on farms throughout Great Britain, Europe and Central Kentucky, as well as many of the top racehorses in the UK, EU and USA.

The volume of published work completed at Kentucky Equine Research rivals that of leading universities. No other private research facility has contributed more original research to the proceedings of the Equine Science Society in the past 30 years. Kentucky Equine Research bases much of its consultation services and product development on the results of the feeding trials they carry out. Their technical staff also collaborate with prominent universities to develop and patent products and diagnostic techniques that target specific problems in both growing horses and performance horses.

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Digestibility to exercise response studies are conducted year-round
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Nutrition and exercise physiology trials are designed and carried out using the high speed treadmill

The corporate North American office is the home to one of Kentucky Equine Research’s facilities, a 150-acre farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

The main research barn was built in 2000 - it is the hub of active trials and features a high-speed equine treadmill with indirect calorimeter, six-horse walker and a full laboratory. Two additional barns are also reserved for research use.

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Studies can typically include digestion and palatability trials

A dedicated Thoroughbred training centre in Ocala, Florida, was set up by Kentucky Equine Research in 2017.

This enables their researchers to observe the influence of nutritional changes in active racehorses in a typical training situation. This is a ‘world first’ to monitor racehorses in a real racing stable environment and on the training track at Kentucky Equine Research's Performance Centre. Kentucky Equine Research have created the gold standard for innovation in equine nutrition and exercise physiology research.

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The training track at Kentucky Equine Research's Performance Centre