Equi-Jewel, the original stabilised rice bran conditioning supplement for horses, has a new look and updated formula to include the latest in equine nutrition research findings and ingredient technology.
Equi-Jewel now contains KER BMC™, a marine-derived source of several bioavailable minerals that offers three research-proven benefits to horses: improved gastric health; improved hindgut health; and improved bone density.
When included as a feed ingredient, KER BMC serves as a more digestible calcium source than calcium carbonate (limestone) while providing greater buffering capacity throughout the digestive tract.
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 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.
Triacton®, a supplement recently 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.
The updated packaging is part of Kentucky Equine Research’s global brand refresh. Founded in 1988, the company modernised its look and packaging in 2018 in recognition of its 30th anniversary.
The horse featured on the new Equi-Jewel bag is Discrete Suitor, a member of the company’s herd of research horses. Known as “Percy” around the farm, this Thoroughbred gelding has participated in research studies while also being in active race training and now competing in eventing as a sport horse. His contributions to product development include recent work on the influence of nutrition on muscle recovery following exercise. Percy is one of about 40 horses engaged in research at the company’s three American facilities. Learn more about Kentucky Equine Research’s product development: https://ker.com/research/
Kentucky Equine Research is an international equine nutrition, research, consultation, and product development company serving both the horse producer and the feed industry. Its goal is to advance the industry's knowledge of equine nutrition and exercise physiology and apply this knowledge to produce healthier, more athletic horses. For more information, see www.ker.com or call +1 888-873-1988.