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Re-Spond Cubes

Low starch, high oil cube


  • Horses in training susceptible to ERS
  • Horses prone to EGUS
  • Pre-training horses with a weaker frame requiring additional protein and calories in a safe to feed, non-heating format


  • Low starch (10%)
  • BMC® (Buffered Mineral Complex) for gastric health and bone development
  • Provides a natural source of Vitamin E supporting muscle function
  • Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Chelated minerals for improved absorption
  • Vistacell Live Yeast for increased nutrient digestibility

Re-Spond Cubes have been developed to support horses in training with specific needs that require starch regulation and additional nutritional support. Horses that suffer from tying-up or gastric ulcers benefit from a combination of lower starch, higher oil and increased fibre feeding. Re-Spond Cubes provide the energy needed for racing in a balance that supports the needs of horses prone to tying-up or with gastric ulcers.

In addition to providing the right balance of energy and provision of quality protein sources, Re-Spond provide both natural and synthetic sources of Vitamin E in combination with Vitamin C to enhance antioxidant defence of muscle cells benefiting performance and recovery. As inflammation is common in response to the stresses of training and the individual's susceptibility to muscle damage, Re-Spond provides Omega-3 fatty acids to assist with regulation of inflammation.

To support a healthy digestive system, Re-Spond is low in starch and contains BMC® (Buffered Mineral Complex). BMC®is a natural source of calcium and other minerals, with proven benefits for digestive function, through regulation of acidity both within the stomach and large intestines. The calcium provided through BMC® is naturally more available, even when omeprazole is given, compared to standard calcium sources, which gives additional advantages to horses at all stages of training.


  • Soya Hulls (GM Soya)
  • Wheatfeed
  • Dried Sugar Beet Pulp
  • Lucerne Pellets
  • Rape Seed Expeller
  • Cane Molasses
  • Oatfeed
  • Full Fat Linseed Meal
  • Soya Oil (GM Soya)
  • Maerl (calcareous marine algae)
  • Monocalcium phosphate
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Magnesium Oxide


Ingredient Quantity
Protein 13.0%
Oil 7.0%
Fibre 18.0%
Digestible Energy 12.0 MJ/kg
Starch 10.0%
Calcium 1.05%
Phosphorus 0.50%
Selenium 0.63 mg/kg
Vitamin A 14,000 iu/kg
Vitamin D 1,400 iu/kg
Vitamin E 300 iu/kg
Vitamin E Natural 100 iu/kg
Vitamin C 200 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 Bodyweight Frequency
1.2 - 1.45 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 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, silicone, iodine, zinc, and manganese. BMC is used in all of the specialist feeds in our breeding 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.

Effect of Triacton on Bone Density

BMC® and Digestive Health
BMC® has a high buffering capacity making it an important supplement, particularly for all thoroughbreds when hard feed intake can increase and forage intake decrease. Horses in training or in sales 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 can be high for thoroughbreds, which can result in the 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 generally 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 and immune function.

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 at every stage of breeding, growth and development.

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