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Re-Spond Cubes

Low starch, high oil cube


  • Broodmares, stallions and youngstock requiring regulated starch intakes alongside appropriate calories and quality protein sources.
  • Suitable for youngsters during sales preparation to support a steadier growth and support a calm temperament.
  • Suitable for broodmares prone to laminitis and requiring additional calories.


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

Re-Spond Cubes have been developed to support horses at stud with additional specific nutritional needs over and above those provided by a conventional stud feed formulation. The ingredients are highly digestible with preferred energy sources derived from fermentable fibre and oil, making it a very versatile and multipurpose feed.

Youngstock that are experiencing a rapid growth phase are often affected with physitis and require specialist feeding to regulate their growth rate and provide anti-inflammatory nutrients during this period. Re-Spond Cubes, with its low starch and high oil balance, will ensure that condition is maintained whilst reducing any compensatory growth spurts, particularly during the sales preparation period. The low starch formula is also beneficial from a temperament perspective, helping to reduce over reactivity in highly strung individuals. The inclusion of omega-3 fatty acids not only assists with the regulation of inflammation, but also produces a healthy glossy coat.

Broodmares that are prone to laminitis but are not obese, and need a normal supply of calories to maintain good body condition and milk production will benefit from Re-Spond. The low starch level is suitable for mares with or prone to laminitis. The combination of quality protein sources, omega-3 fatty acids and natural vitamin E benefit both the quantity and quality of milk production, ensuring that foal development is not compromised through dietary management of the mare's condition.


  • Soya Hulls (GM Soya)
  • Wheatfeed
  • Rape Seed Expeller
  • Dried Sugar Beet Pulp
  • Lucerne Pellets
  • Oatfeed
  • Molasses
  • Soya Oil (GM Soya)
  • Maerl (calcareous marine algae)
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Monocalcium Phosphate
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Magnesium Oxide


Ingredient Quantity
Protein 13%
Oil 7.0%
Fibre 18%
Digestible Energy 12.0 MJ/kg
Starch 10%
Calcium 1.0%
Phosphorus 0.5%
Copper 50 mg/kg
Zinc 150 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 Body weight Frequency
Broodmares 800 g - 1 kg before foaling. 1.2 -1.4 kg during peak lactation. per 100 kg of bodyweight Daily
Youngstock 800 g - 1.2 kg depending on stage of growth and season. 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 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, 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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