For healthy Horse bones – Better Bones
For healthy horse bones – Better Bones Pellets are a carefully researched combination of key minerals, vitamin D3, collagen, and amino acids, to support correct bone growth and development in young, growing horses, including young racehorses and performance horses entering training, as well as broodmares.
The skeleton is the foundation of the body, which provides support, protection for the organs, levers for movement, and acts as a mineral store for the body. Bones will naturally adapt to the stress created by work or exercise by becoming denser where loading is greatest. If the correct vitamins and minerals are not available, bones will become weak or brittle, increasing the risk of injury or fracture. In broodmares, if sufficient levels of the bone developing vitamins and minerals are not available, the stores within her own bones will be used to create the skeleton of the foal. If these are not replenished it can cause brittle bones in the mare and lead to growth problems in the foal. Heavy grazing, farming, and fertilization can leave land lacking in these vital elements, and providing the correct nutrition for bone strength and development is vital for every horse, especially the broodmare, young stock, and competition horse.
The skeletal development and health of a young horse begins in utero and ensuring the broodmare receives the correct intake of key nutrients will be critical to the growth of the unborn foal. Producing high-quality milk places a significant drain on the nutrient reserves of the mare, and maintaining mineral intakes during peak lactation is vital to ensure the foal receives the best nutrition to support the rapid skeletal development in the early weeks and months of growth.
Mineral and other nutrient imbalances in growing youngstock have been recognized for some time as a potential factor in the incidence and severity of developmental skeletal abnormalities, and although genetics and environmental factors can also play a significant role, breeders and trainers can exert a significant degree of control over the nutrition of the horses in their care, ensuring they receive optimum levels of key nutrients.
Young performance horses, such as racehorses, or young showjumpers, dressage or event classes taking part in age-restricted classes, are expected to train and race or compete where significant stresses are placed upon immature bones and joints. Whilst there are many factors that can result in skeletal problems in young performance horses, ensuring that the correct nutrients are provided to support maximizing bone density will help ensure optimum bone strength and may reduce the incidence and severity of the bone injury.
For horse bones – Better Bones can also be fed to horses on long-term box rest, when the enforced inactivity can result in bone demineralization, making the horse more vulnerable to further injury when work recommences.
What are the benefits of Better Bones Pellets?
Calcium is one of the most important minerals in bone and accounts for nearly 35% of equine bone, as well as playing key roles in muscle and nerve function. Calcium is provided from a combination of organic and inorganic sources, to ensure optimum bio-availability, including marine algae, calcium gluconate, dicalcium phosphate, and alfalfa.
Phosphorus accounts for around 15% of bone, and also plays key roles in energy and fat metabolism.
Magnesium – about 60% of the magnesium in the horse’s body is found in the skeleton (and around 30% in the muscles). Magnesium is provided from marine algae.
Vitamin D3 – plays a key role in the correct metabolism of calcium
Collagen and amino acids – Collagen is a protein, and along with other key amino acids, provides a structure for calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals to add strength and harden the framework or skeleton. This combination of collagen and minerals makes bone both strong and flexible enough to withstand the stresses of normal physical exertion.
Copper, zinc, manganese, and silicon – are key trace minerals, provided from a combination of organic and inorganic sources to help ensure optimum bio-availability, and they all play key roles in bone growth and development.
BETTER BONES PELLETS 3.5KG – TO SUPPORT HEALTHY MUSCULOSKELETAL DEVELOPMENT
Feeding Directions: For a typical 500kg mature weight; Weanlings (6-12 months): 60g per day. Yearlings (12-24 months): 90g per day.
Mares and mature horses: 120g per day. Maximum; 120g per day. 60g (approx) measure enclosed.
Key Ingredients per 120g Serving: Phosphorus 3000mg, Magnesium 1000mg, Zinc 300mg, Mono Silicic Acid 120mg, Vitamin D3 1000iu, Methionine 3000mg, Calcium 9000mg (Ca:P Ratio3:1), Copper 100mg, Manganese 300mg, Collagen 360mg, Lysine 6000mg.
Technological additives: Mono silicic acid (E551) 1000mg; Nutritional additives: Vitamins: Vitamin D3 (3a671) 8333 iu; Trace elements: Total Copper 833mg, Copper (Copper (II) chelate of glycine hydrate (3b413) 275mg, Copper (Copper (II) sulphate pentahydrate (3b405) 558mg, Total Zinc (2500mg), Zinc oxide (3b603) 1675mg, Zinc chelate of glycine hydrate (3b607) 825mg, Total Manganese (2500mg), Manganese (Manganese oxide 3b502) 1675mg, Manganese (Manganese chelate of glycine hydrate 3b506) 825mg. 23300mg. Amino acids:: Lysine hydrochloride (3.2.3) 54500mg, DL-Methionine (3c301) 23300mg, L-Threonine (3c410) 5000mg; Composition: Dried Alfalfa, Hipro Soya (from genetically modified sources, Dicalcium Phosphate, Micronized Maize, Maerl (marine algae), MSM, Calcium gluconate, Whey Protein, Collagen (marine).
Feed Better Bones in combination with Cortaflex to support joint and bone conditions for horses of all ages.