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Vital Mare – Healthy Foal

With their charming, childlike behaviour, foals bring a lot of happiness into our hearts.

A study found that almost one in three of adolescent horses in Germany suffers from osteochondritis dissecans ( OCD), a detachment of cartilage particles . Diseases related to this include bone chips and joint mice. The causes are to be found both, as a low as well as an over-supply in:

  • lack of movement
  • excessive body weight
  • feed rich in starch
  • insufficient mineralization and supply of trace elements(copper)

Trace elements as a basis

The future health of a foal is decided in its mother’s womb. The well-being and health of a young horse is closely linked to the health and vitality of the mare.

Here, the right nutrition plays a crucial role: Research has shown that there is an increased demand for trace elements in the last third of gestation and that the nutrients are released into the liver of the fetus at this crucial point.

For example with copper it showed that a foal with good copper reserves can later make repairs to its own musculoskeletal system .

The total amount and the relationships between the trace elements determine the length (zinc) and stability (copper and manganes) of the bones of the fetus. In cases where there has been an incorrect supply of trace elements, a direct impact on the development of the musculoskeletal system can be observed.

Thoroughbred breeding provides insights

For many years St. Hippolyt has dedicated itself to the feeding of breeding horses. In close co-operation with leading German thoroughbred stud farms, of which some have produced Derby winners, and according to the latest nutritional findings, St. Hippolyt has developed a demand-optimized feeding system for pregnant mares and their offspring.

Equilac - High performance during lactation

Studies have shown that a mare produces the highest amount of milk in the third month of lactation. The energy required to produce milk in a warmblood mare is approx: 140 MJ ,the same as that required for high performance horses. It is inconceivable that this demand could be met from grass alone. Furthermore, a combination of grass and oats alone does not meet the mineral and trace element requirements of a lactating mare.

Feeding St. Hippolyt's Equilac during this time promotes a healthy foal development and, in addition, provides all the essential nutrients for the mare’s well-being.

Fohlengold - the perfect companion

We put a lot of expectations in these little animals and must therefore do justice and meet the special nutritional needs of foals. In the first month of life, a foal can already tolerate concentrated feed. Supplement feeding doesn’t only support the musculoskeletal system, but it also has a positive impact on the sensitive digestive tract of the foal and its immune system. Fohlengold offers more than oats - in addition to better skin and hair structure,

Fohlengold strengthens the immune system, thus preventing inflammation and eczema. Fohlengold has also proven to prevent growth spurts during critical periods of weaning.

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