Marine Derived Calcium – The Key to Sound Development
Mare Prepare contains KER buffer mineral complex (BMC) which is a marine derived source of several bio-available minerals including calcium, that offers three research proven benefits to horses: improved gastric health, improved hindgut health and improved bone density.
Excessive acidity in the stomach has been implicated as a major factor in the development of gastric ulcers in horses. Studies at Kentucky Equine Research® have shown that KER BMC in horse feed increases the buffering capacity by two times in acid conditions typically seen in the stomach. Overproduction of acid in the large intestine can lead to hindgut acidosis. Hindgut acidosis often occurs in horses with high grain intakes or in horses grazing rich pasture. Acute hindgut acidosis can lead to intestinal damage and even laminitis. Studies at Kentucky Equine Research have shown that feeds fortified with KER BMC have a 54% better capacity to buffer acids produced in the horse’s hindgut compared to the same unfortified feed.
Bone density is vital for ensuring horses remain sound and to prevent exercise related injuries. In terms of the developing foetus/foal bone density plays a key role in overall soundness and in the prevention of developmental related disorders (DODs), whilst also supporting their career longevity. Horses with poor bone density have an increased risk of developing lameness or bone related injuries which can have a lasting knock-on effect for their career and overall soundness.
Triacton®, a supplement developed by Kentucky Equine Research, also includes KER BMC, and has demonstrated efficacy in increasing bone density in Thoroughbred racehorses. Racehorses in training receiving Triacton in research trials had a three times greater increase in bone density in the dorsal cortex of the cannon bone (shin) and two times increase in bone thickness compared to horses receiving a placebo.
Like many components and ingredients included within horse feed calcium is one that source, and quality plays a vital role in how effectively this can be used within the horse’s body. The use of marine sourced calcium has the optimal structure to allow maximum absorption and efficiency within horses.
Similarly, to Bluegrass performance feeds Mare Prepare also contains a marine derived source of calcium. Mare Prepare is fully fortified containing high quality proteins, vitamins & minerals in the correct ratios required to provide a balanced diet and support optimal foetal development. Mare Prepare provides year-round support for the broodmare, from conception through to foaling.
Mare Prepare is now available at your local Bluegrass stockist! For further information on Mare Prepare or any other products, visit our product page or contact the Bluegrass Horse Feed expert nutritional helpline - 0044 28 3754 8276 or firstname.lastname@example.org