SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF and HAPPY HOOF Molasses Free are both extremely versatile and can be fed in lots of different ways or to all sorts of horses and ponies. Both feeds contain short soft chopped fibres and added vitamins and minerals and are approved by The Laminitis Trust. Here we have highlighted a few of the different ways that you can feed SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF and HAPPY HOOF Molasses Free to help you decide which is most suitable for your horse or pony.
Bulking out the bucket
Most of us will know a horse or pony that maintains weight easily on forage alone and gets a very small bucket feed, usually looking longingly at us - ‘please sir, can I have some more?’! Adding a double handful of SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF or HAPPY HOOF Molasses Free to a feed balancer or broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement is a great way of bulking out the bucket and extending eating time with minimal calories added to the waistline.
As a whole bucket feed
As both SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF AND HAPPY HOOF Molasses Free contain added vitamins and minerals they can be fed on their own as the whole bucket feed. However, in order to meet your horse or pony’s daily vitamin and mineral requirements (when fed alongside forage) you would need to feed it at a rate of 600g per 100kg of body weight per day so for example a 250kg pony would need 1.5kg of SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF or HAPPY HOOF Molasses Free per day and a 500kg horse would need 3kg per day.
As part of the bucket mixed with other feeds
SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF and HAPPY HOOF Molasses Free can be fed alongside a cube, mix or mash containing added vitamins and minerals to contribute to a fully balanced diet. For example a 500kg horse could have 2kg of SPILLERS High Fibre Cubes and 1kg of SPILLERS Happy Hoof per day or another combination as long as it totaled 3kg.
A full or partial forage replacer
Both feeds are suitable to be used as full or partial hay/forage replacers. For those that struggle to manage longer fibres such as hay, haylage or grass a full or partial forage replacer can help to keep fibre intake up to maintain condition and digestive health. In addition for those very laminitis prone it can take the guess work out of finding a safe low NSC forage source as it is consistently less than 10% sugar and starch.
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Yes you can feed HAPPY HOOF alone or in conjunction with balancer/other compound feeds.
If feeding as the sole diet, the recommended diet is 600g per 100kg of bodyweight per day. If feeding less, then we advise feeding a balancer such as Lite + Lean at a rate of 100g per 100kg of bodyweight per day :)
It can certainly be used as a preventative measure. We recommend low sugar and starch diets to all horses, whether they have laminitis or not.
I also have a minature Shetland who I would move on to happy hoof too but should I continue with the low cal balancer or cut that out? X
HAPPY HOOF does contain added vitamins and minerals but will only provide a balanced diet when fed at the full recommended ration (600g per 100kg of bodyweight per day). This often provides too many calories for good-doers and so a smaller quantity should be fed alongside a balancer.
Any of our balancers (apart from Gro N' Win Stud Balancer) would be suitable for both of your horses.
The balancer can then be fed alongside the HAPPY HOOF.
We do suggest to just damp the feed to help avoid choke :)
She has Cushings and Ems and is on Prascend.
At the moment she is having 1 scoop of the Happy hoof in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. She looks well and still hacks out. I add pink powder due to her age and refusing to eat anything else.
is this enough for her.
If she is maintaining her weight well on this ration then yes, this is sufficient calories for her however it is below the recommended quantity to be providing a balanced diet. We would suggest feeding a balancer instead of the pink powder as balancers benefit from additional protein too.
The feeding rate is 100g per 100kg of bodyweight per day. I would suggest Lite + Lean Balancer will be most suitable for her. You can then feed this alongside your 2 scoops of HAPPY HOOF per day.
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I’m wondering how much happy hoof my 14h cob would need per day alongside 1.5kg speedibeet. He also has 2 scoops of in the pink powder supplement.
This is dependent on your horses body condition.
To provide a balanced diet, you would need to feed 2.5kg of HAPPY HOOF per day to provide enough of the vitamins and minerals. It is likely that this will be too many calories.
An ideal way to feed this is alongside a balancer such as Daily Balancer which will provide essential vitamins and minerals without extra calories. The feeding rate is 100g per 100kg of bodyweight per day. https://www.spillers-feeds.com/daily-balancer
However, without more information about your horse it would be hard to advise the appropriate quantities