Frequently asked questions about Equi-Jewel®
Yes. The effects of feeding Equi-Jewel heat-stabilized rice bran versus corn oil were compared in a scientific study. During strenuous exercise, horses fed Equi-Jewel had lower lactic acid levels, lower heart rates, and subsequent shorter recovery periods than horses fed corn oil. This is also true when fats (like rice bran) were compared to high-starch feeds.
Yes. Equi-Jewel is popular among professional trainers and sales conditioners because it promotes healthy skin and a lustrous coat, and its use decreases grooming time. In addition, daily supplementation with Equi-Jewel can improve body condition of horses that do not carry sufficient weight. Unlike starchy grains, the fat in Equi-Jewel is burned at a slow and steady rate, countering the hormone spikes that lead to excess excitability, so horses remain calmer.
Sure. Research has shown that young horses fed low-starch diets have less likelihood of developing orthopedic problems such as osteochondritis dissecans. When young horses are supplemented with Equi-Jewel, the amount of starch consumed is reduced, yet they still consume sufficient calories to grow and thrive.
Yes. Energy demands on a broodmare are greatest during lactation, a period of time in which a mare must maintain milk production, body condition, and if she is bred back, fetal growth. Insufficient energy intake during this critical period can cause a decline in the mare’s body condition, fertility levels, and even lead to reduced milk production. Equi-Jewel is a calorie-rich supplement that provides mares with a safe source of low-starch calories during this period in her reproductive life.
Depending on a stallion’s book, he may be utilizing a tremendous amount of energy covering mares during the breeding season. Along with the energy it takes to breed, some stallions become anxious and overly active, which causes additional weight loss. Equi-Jewel is a calorie-rich supplement that provides stallions with the additional low-starch energy they need to meet the demands of the breeding season. Equi-Jewel’s high-fat, low-starch calories reduce the hormone spikes that can cause additional excitability. By supplementing with Equi-Jewel, you can reduce the levels of starchy grains you feed and protect your stallion from the digestive upsets related to grain overload.
Yes. Equi-Jewel has become a favorite fat supplement among trainers of performance horses and racehorses. Scientific studies have shown that, during strenuous exercise, horses fed fat like that found in Equi-Jewel rice bran had lower lactic acid levels. Because lactic acid causes muscle fatigue, horses fed Equi-Jewel had improved stamina. When Equi-Jewel was included in rations, exercising horses had lower heart rates and subsequent shorter recovery periods. Equi-Jewel is also easily digested and supports a healthy hindgut environment that reduces the risk of colic and laminitis caused by grain overload and hindgut acidosis.
Intensely exercised horses often burn more calories while working than they can safely consume in a single day. As a result, body condition often deteriorates at the onset of an exercise program and remains inadequate as work continues. Supplementation with Equi-Jewel delivers valuable calories to the diets of heavily worked performance horses.
My older gelding is having trouble holding his weight and I am afraid to feed him any more grain. He gets all the hay he wants. If I add Equi-Jewel, will it help him?
Yes. Equi-Jewel is an excellent source of easy-to-digest calories for older horses. The capacity of the gastrointestinal tract to absorb nutrients becomes less efficient as horses age. Many older horses are eventually unable to maintain acceptable body condition on a normal grain ration alone. Because the fat in Equi-Jewel is a concentrated energy source, it will increase calorie consumption and improve body condition without risking grain overload. Kentucky Performance Products recommends you also have your gelding checked by your veterinarian to be sure he doesn’t have an underlying problem contributing to his weight loss.
During stabilization, rice bran is subjected to intense heat and pressure that inactivate fat-destroying enzymes. Stabilization eliminates the possibility of rancidity and does not alter the nutritional content of the rice bran. The unique stabilization process used by Kentucky Performance Products to produce Equi-Jewel ensures its freshness.
Yes. In addition to the original meal, Equi-Jewel is available as a pellet. The pellet allows for quick mixing with a concentrate and makes it more difficult for horses to sort the pellets from other components of a concentrate. Feeding recommendations for the meal and the pellets are the same: feed one to two pounds daily.
One pound of rice bran contains the same amount of digestible energy as one cup (8 fluid oz) of corn oil. Equi-Jewel is easier to feed than corn oil, and has a better omega-3 fatty acid profile.
Yes. Unlike some other rice bran products, Equi-Jewel contains a balanced calcium-to-phosphorus ratio. In its natural state, rice bran is richer in phosphorus than in calcium. Excessive phosphorus in the diet inhibits calcium absorption, which may compromise skeletal integrity or induce developmental orthopedic disease. To increase the calcium content, ground limestone is added to Equi-Jewel.
Horsemen often believe that horses must be fed a legume hay, such as alfalfa, when rice bran is added to the diet. This may be true when feeding a product that does not contain a balanced mineral profile. Because Equi-Jewel has the appropriate calcium-to-phosphorus ratio, horsemen can feed the hay of their choice without fear of inducing a mineral imbalance.