What is EVM Essentials Blend?
Equine Vit&Min Essentials Blend is scientifically formulated to balance mineral deficiencies in the diet of grazing horses that are spelling, retired or in light to moderate work.
It includes organic and inorganic sources of zinc, copper, and selenium, with added biotin and Vitamin E but no sweeteners or fillers. The highly concentrated formula offers exceptional value-for-money.
Equine Vit&Min Essentials Blend can:
- Top up the minerals often missing in horse diets to at least the minimum recommended levels (according to NRC 2007).
- Balance the critical mineral ratios across the whole diet
Equine Vit&Min Essentials Blend gives you the freedom to choose your horse’s feed with the peace of mind that all mineral requirements are met. Because feeding your horse should be as simple as ABC.
Directions for Use
Mix daily serve of EQUINE VIT&MIN Essentials Blend into horse’s slightly dampened feed. Dosage can be halved and fed twice daily. Scoop included in pack holds 60g.
Ponies / Galloways: 40-60g/day
If using a fortified feed such as pellets or muesli mix, reduce the rate of Equine Vit&Min. Do not feed more Equine Vit&Min unless advised by a veterinarian or nutritionist. Since Equine Vit&Min does not contain salt, ensure adequate salt is provided to meet requirements based on horse bodyweight, workload, and environmental conditions.
Who is Essentials Blend recommended for?
Frequently Asked Questions
My horse doesn’t have much green grass. Can I still feed Essentials Blend?
Yes, you can because the balanced blend of minerals in Grass Blend work in almost all diets to provide all the minerals your horse needs in well balanced ratios. It also supplies supplementary vitamin E and biotin. If your horse is not sick, stressed or in hard work the hindgut microbes should be producing enough vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and K to meet your horse's needs, skin manufactures vitamin D from sunlight and the liver can synthesize vitamin C. If you are feeding relatively freshly baled hay it will retain adequate vitamin A to meet the needs of a mature horse in light work. Otherwise, feed 2 carrots a day to add vitamin A. Your horse will love you for it!
However if your horse is pregnant, lactating, growing or is sick, stressed or working at a high level of performance then Equine Vit&Min Premium Blend is more suited to meet their higher nutritional requirements.
Why doesn’t EVM include salt or electrolytes?
Not every horse needs extra salt added to their diet as many get all the salt they need from bagged feeds. The actual amount of salt required can vary from day to day as well - their requirements are higher during very hot weather or following periods of heavy sweating. high performance horses need to have their electrolytes balanced very finely, and their riders prefer to manage the salt intake independently of the vitamin and mineral intake.
Why doesn’t EVM include amino acids?
Simply because most horses don’t need them, and we don’t think you should pay for ingredients you don’t need. Most adult horses get all the protein they need, including the most limiting amino acids lysine, methionine and threonine, from their roughage and energy sources. Breeding and growing horses have higher protein requirements which can be easily met through the addition of a quality protein feed source such as lucerne or full fat soybean meal.
Why doesn’t EVM contain organic minerals?
Actually, it does contain some organically chelated zinc, copper and selenium. However, in a study of scientific literature, Frape (2010) concluded that "there is minimal, or no, difference in biologic use, or animal performance with trace minerals compared to organic sources. Since organic chelates and proteinates bypass the body’s "feedback loops" for mineral absorption, organic minerals should be limited to 20 - 30% of the total micromineral content of the additive to avoid the risk of toxicity. In other words, because the microminerals are being snuck in the ‘back door’ in disguise as proteins when in chelated form, the body’s normal ability to monitor how much to let in is compromised. There is probably merit in providing a small proportion of microminerals (such as copper, zinc and selenium) in quality horse supplements in both organic and inorganic forms.
Will EVM make my horse silly?
Equine Vit&Min does not add any energy or calories to the horse’s diet. However, it might make a horse feel better and its body may use the calories it eats more efficiently as its body functions become optimised. This is called feed use efficiency, which can mean a horse needs less caloric intake each day to perform the same work (and that can mean a smaller feed bill). It’s a bit like a car’s engine doing more kilometres per litre when fuelled with a higher quality fuel that allows the engine to perform more efficiently.
Vitamin and Mineral Analysis (per 60g serve)
Vitamin E: 720 IU