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Kentucky Balancer

High Spec Concentrated Oat Balancer Mix

Designed For:

  • Horses in pretraining and full work or racing
  • Complementing a ration with a high inclusion of oats
  • Feeding at a constant rate of 2 kg (4.4 lbs) per head per day


  • Densely concentrated Cereal Balancer
  • BMC® (Buffered Mineral Complex) for gastric health and bone development
  • Chelated minerals for improved absorption
  • Vistacell Live Yeast for increased nutrient digestibility
  • Natural Vitamin E for increased antioxidant support

Kentucky Balancer is a densely concentrated mix for racehorses in pretraining or full work, specifically developed to be used alongside oats. The mix has increased levels of key nutrients to offset the mineral deficiencies and imbalances found in traditional cereal diets.

Kentucky Balancer is high in oil and ‘super-fibres’, in the form of sugar beet pulp, and is heavily fortified with Stamm 30® for nutrient continuity and maximum vitamin and mineral supplementation. The formulation fully complements a ration with a high inclusion of oats and is especially designed to be fed at an intake of 2 kilograms per head per day.

It gives extra flexibility as the oats ‘top up’ the energy levels, while the balancer remains constant to fortify the cereals, and add extra oil and ‘super-fibres’ for energy.


  • Barley Flakes
  • Dried Sugar Beet Pulp
  • Soya Bean Meal Feed (GM Soya)
  • Molasses
  • Maize Flakes
  • Pea Flakes
  • Dicalcium Phosphate
  • Sunflower Seed Meal Dehulled
  • Soya Oil (GM Soya)
  • Maerl (calcareous marine algae)
  • Soya Flakes (GM Soya)
  • Wheat
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Wheatfeed
  • Mixture of Flavouring Compounds


Ingredient Quantity
Protein 16.5%
Oil 5.5%
Fibre 7%
Digestible Energy 13.4MJ/Kg
Starch 21.0%
Calcium 1.95%
Phosphorus 0.90%
Vitamin A 25,000 iu/kg
Vitamin D 2,500 iu/kg
Vitamin E 504 iu/kg
Vitamin E Natural 127 iu/kg
Vitamin C 360 mg/kg
Selenium 1.10 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 Frequency
2.0 kg per head per day, then add enough oats to satisfy daily energy requirements 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 or yard, 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.

BMC® (Buffered Mineral Complex) is a natural mineral source that is high in bioavailable minerals including calcium, magnesium, boron, silicon, iodine, zinc, and manganese. BMC® is used in all of the specialist feeds in our racing range following extensive research by Kentucky Equine Research (KER) into the positive effects on digestive health and bone development.

BMC® and Bone Development
Research into racehorses in training supplemented with Triacton, a supplement containing BMC® plus other key vitamins, was proven effective at increasing bone density after just 90 days of supplementation. Feeding Triacton increased the density of the dorsal cortex of the cannon bone by three-fold whilst also doubling bone thickness and increasing bone area.

BMC® and Digestive Health
BMC® has a high buffering capacity making it an important supplement, particularly for horses in training and those undergoing sales prep where hard feed intake increases and forage intake decreases. Horses in training or in prep are more likely to suffer from gastric ulceration, but BMC® is proven to double the buffering capacity of the stomach after feeding. BMC® is present in every meal of all Saracen Thoroughbred Specialist Feeds.

The prevalence of ulcers is understandably high for horses in training, which results in frequent use of omeprazole. Researchers found that omeprazole reduced calcium digestibility in mature horses by nearly 18%, but did not affect the digestibility of other nutrients. Horses routinely receiving omeprazole should have their calcium intake reviewed and may benefit from a marine-derived calcium source, which is more digestible than calcium carbonate.

BMC® also supports hindgut health through buffering acidity found within the hindgut. As thoroughbred diets require a higher intake of hard feed to meet elevated nutrient requirements, the risk for hindgut acidosis is higher. Changes in hindgut pH negatively affect the bacteria that reside in the hindgut and are responsible for digestion. Through helping to maintain the optimum pH for beneficial bacteria BMC® supports digestive function. BMC® is proven to increase the buffering capacity of the hindgut by 54%.

Natural Vitamin E as found in pasture has a high level of bioavailability. Natural vitamin E, also available as Nano-E™ in liquid format, is used in Saracen’s Specialist Thoroughbred Feeds to improve overall efficacy of Vitamin E in the diet. The combination of synthetic and natural vitamin E enhances the dietary effect of this important vitamin. Benefits of vitamin E include antioxidant capacity, immune function and reduced muscle soreness.

Vistacell live yeast is a proven and effective yeast specifically studied in equines. Saracen Horse Feeds contain the recommended daily intake of Vistacell yeast proven to increase digestion of both protein and fibre. The markers ADF and NDF relate to various fibrous components found within the plant cells of both grains and forages. Increasing digestion of protein and fibre directly benefits the health and performance of all horses in training.

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