Getting the right feed for a laminitic is important for any owner of a horse or pony with laminitis. A high fibre, low starch and low sugar diet is essential for laminitics, so avoid feeds that contain cereals or molasses. Fast Fibre, Veteran Light and ‘L’ Mix are designed specifically for horses and ponies prone to laminitis and are high in fibre and very low in starch and sugar, each with a combined level of under 10%. These feeds are all completely free from added sugars, so do not contain molasses or anything similar such as syrups – check your feed labels to be sure that this is the case with anything else you are feeding.
Fast Fibre® is barley and molasses free and is ideal for the good doer or for horses who tend to be excitable even on low energy feeds. Fast Fibre® is particularly useful for horses with dental problems, as it can be used as a partial hay replacer if necessary. It is also suitable for horses and ponies prone to laminitis.
Veteran Light provides all the nutritional requirements for optimum health in older horses and ponies yet it has a low calorie/energy level, ideal for those who hold weight well. It is high in fibre and low in starch and sugar, making it suitable for horses and ponies prone to laminitis.
‘L’ Mix is a chaff based feed that is suitable for those prone to laminitis, with a combined starch and sugar level of only 5.25%. The inclusion of fibre in the form of alfalfa and chaff ensures increased chewing time, which is beneficial for horses or ponies on a restricted diet and can help to maintain a healthy digestive system.