Rich in high-fat energy and much more.
Meeting a horse’s key nutritional needs can make the difference between existing and thriving, simply performing and winning, illness and good health. EndurExtra is scientifically formulated to provide key ingredients necessary to maintain a healthy appetite and optimal body weight. Additionally, it supports a healthy digestive tract, and proper immune and muscle function.
50% fat in a blend including Equi-Jewel® rice bran, soybean oil, and flax.
Saccharomyces cerevisiae ………. 1,800 billion CFU/lb
Lactobacillus acidophilus ………. 100 billion CFU/lb
Enterococcus faecium ………. 70 billion CFU/lb
Natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) 1,000 IU per 8 oz
Fat is an excellent energy source for horses
The caloric density of fat makes it an incredible source of energy for hard-to-keep horses, intensely worked performance horses, mares in late gestation and early lactation, aged horses, and growing horses.
Because fats contain 2.25 times the energy of carbohydrates, supplementation with fat can reduce the amount of grain fed to horses. By decreasing meal size and offering a diet rich in fat and fiber, horses become less prone to colic, laminitis, and insulin resistance-related disorders.
High-grain diets are known to exacerbate some muscular problems, such as recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER), a form of tying-up. Research has proven that reducing the amount of grain fed to horses with RER and replacing those lost calories with a fat-rich supplement is essential in managing these syndromes.
Direct-fed microbials support a healthy GI tract
A healthy GI tract is paramount to a horse’s good health. Along with nutrient absorption, the GI tract plays a significant role in the horse’s immune system.
Direct-fed microbials help to regulate pH balance in the GI tract, producing a hindgut environment that encourages beneficial bacteria to grow. When these bacteria flourish, fiber digestion improves and horses can digest forages more efficiently and derive more energy from them. Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Aspergillus niger, among other organisms, are known as direct-fed microbials.
Lactobacillus acidophilus and Enterococcus faecium are two lactic acid-producing direct-fed microbes that researchers have been working with recently. Scientists have found that these lactic acid-producing bacteria influence pH balance in the GI tract, which may boost immunity in horses of all ages.
Natural Vitamin E a critical antioxidant
Natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) is a well-known antioxidant that prevents the oxidation of unsaturated lipids in cellular and subcellular membranes by neutralizing production of free radicals.
This nutrient is important in all horses, but especially in horses engaged in demanding exercise. Vitamin E can be obtained from natural or synthetic sources, and the source of the vitamin E can significantly influence vitamin E status in exercising horses. In several research trials, natural vitamin E was more effective in elevating plasma levels of tocopherol than synthetic vitamin E. Equine athletes supplemented with natural vitamin E often have greater tolerance to exercise, less oxidative stress, and a shorter recovery following intense exercise.
Vitamin E plays a key role in the health of nerve tissues by protecting cell membranes. Recent research has shown that horses with vitamin E deficiencies are more likely to develop Equine Motor Neuron Disease. Horses suffering from neurological disease often benefit from natural vitamin E supplementation.
Natural vitamin E also supports a robust immune system in horses of all ages. One example is that when mares were supplemented with natural vitamin E, they exhibited increased passive transfer of antibodies to their foals, which ensures the strength of the neonatal immune system.
Lecithin is a beneficial fatty acid
Lecithin is a phospholipid composed of saturated, unsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Lecithin also contains choline, a factor necessary in the production of acetylcholine. As a neurotransmitter, acetylcholine is a critical component of the nervous system. Lecithin aids digestion, encouraging maximal absorption of nutrients.