Equi-Jewel®

$27.52$31.77

Adds calories to your horse’s diet without the risk of grain overload.

Available sizes:

  • Meal form, 40-lb bag
  • Pelleted form, 40-lb bag
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Product Description

Why choose Equi-Jewel?

Equi-Jewel was developed by Kentucky Performance Products to safely meet the energy needs of today’s horses. It reduces the risk of digestive upset and supports optimal muscle function, while providing the calories your horse needs to thrive.

Stabilized rice bran supplies a highly digestible and safe form of calories to the diet.

The fat found in rice bran is an extraordinary source of dietary energy. In fact, fat contains more than two times the energy that carbohydrates and proteins do, thereby fueling horses more efficiently. Fat is considered a “cool” feedstuff because it does not cause the hormone spikes that lead to excitability. Adding stabilized rice bran to your horse’s diet allows you to decrease the amount of starchy concentrates (grains) you feed, reducing the risk of colic and laminitis resulting from grain overload. It is an excellent source of energy for horses struggling with RER (tying up) and PSSM.

  • Equi-Jewel’s all-natural ingredients are high in fat and fiber

 

  • Equi-Jewel’s balanced calcium-to-phosphorus ratio means you don’t have to worry about mineral imbalances

 

  • Equi-Jewel’s unique stabilization process ensures freshness

 

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FAQ

  • Does the rice bran in Equi-Jewel lower lactic acids levels and heart rates?

  • 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.

  • I use corn oil for my show and sale horses, but it is so messy. Can I use Equi-Jewel instead?

  • 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.

  • Should I incorporate Equi-Jewel into my growing horse’s feeding program?

  • 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.

  • Is Equi-Jewel a safe feed supplement for my broodmare?

  • 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.

  • My stud horse loses condition during the breeding season. Got any suggestions?

  • 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.

  • Is Equi-Jewel a good energy source for performance horses and racehorses?

  • 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.

  • What is heat stabilization, and why is it important?

  • 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.

  • Does Equi-Jewel come in a pelleted form?

  • 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.

  • How does Equi-Jewel compare to corn oil?

  • 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.

  • Does Equi-Jewel have a balanced ratio of calcium to phosphorous?

  • 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.

Recommended For

When to use Equi-Jewel:

Equi-Jewel’s high-fat, low-starch formula is designed to increase the energy density of a ration by adding calories. It is intended to help maintain weight on hard-to-keep horses and horses with elevated energy demands, such as intensely worked equine athletes, broodmares in early lactation, and growing horses. For horses requiring low starch/sugar diets, Equi-Jewel is an excellent source of calories.

Research shows that when fat is utilized as an energy source, performance horses have more stamina and recover faster from intense exercise. In growing horses, a decrease in developmental bone disease problems have been noted. The essential fatty acids contained in Equi-Jewel contribute to healthy skin and a gleaming coat in all horses. The fat in Equi-Jewel is highly digestible and efficiently utilized.

Equi-Jewel is recommended for:

  • Performance horses and show horses of all disciplines
  • Racehorses (Thoroughbred, Standardbred, American Quarter Horse, and others)
  • Hard keepers
  • Senior horses
  • Growing horses
  • Broodmares
  • Stallions
  • Sales horses
  • Horses on restricted diets
  • Horses on low-starch diets

Ingredients

Equi-Jewel contains all-natural ingredients:

Heat-stabilized rice bran

Calcium carbonate (limestone)

Stabilized to ensure maximum freshness.

Rice bran that is heat-stabilized is safer to feed than raw bran. Equi-Jewel undergoes a unique heat stabilization process that ensures its freshness. Unlike some other rice bran products, Kentucky Performance Products does not use chemicals during stabilization. Instead, the rice bran is subjected to intense heat and pressure that inactivates fat-destroying enzymes. Stabilization eliminates the possibility of rancidity and does not alter the nutritional content of the rice bran.

Heat-stabilized rice bran adds calories to a ration without excessive grain intake, decreasing the risk of grain overload.

Concentrates (grains, sweet feeds, and pelleted feeds) are fed to horses to deliver appropriate levels of energy and micronutrients. Large volumes of concentrates must be fed to some horses to meet their energy requirements. There are, however, downsides to feeding large amounts of concentrates, including predisposing horses to life-threatening illnesses like colic and founder. To offset these potential risks, horsemen often use energy-dense supplements such as stabilized rice bran to decrease the amount of concentrate fed while simultaneously boosting calorie consumption.

Fat supplies a highly palatable and digestible form of energy for an assortment of horses.

Fat is an extraordinary source of dietary energy. In fact, fat contains more than two times the energy that carbohydrates and proteins do, thereby fueling horses more efficiently. Fat is considered a “cool” feedstuff because it does not cause horses to become excitable, as is often the case with horses that consume large amounts of starch-rich concentrates.

Rice bran has become a favorite fat supplement among owners and trainers of performance horses. Research has proven that fat is a superior energy source when compared to high-starch grains and commercial concentrates. Scientific studies have shown that, during strenuous exercise, horses fed fat had lower lactic acid levels than horses fed high-starch feeds. Because lactic acid causes muscle fatigue, horses fed fat had improved stamina. When rice bran (Equi-Jewel) was substituted for corn oil in rations, horses had lower heart rates, more stamina, and subsequent shorter recovery periods

In broodmares, studies have shown that mares in good condition and positive energy balance (those who are not skinny or losing weight) have better conception rates. Adding rice bran to the diet allows breeders to keep mares in better condition without the risk of grain overload. Rice bran has been shown to improve fertility rates in both mares and stallions.

Growing horses raised on high-fat, high-fiber, low-starch diets exhibit a lower incidence of developmental orthopedic disease.

A balanced calcium-to-phosphorus ratio protects against mineral imbalances.

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 the rice bran in Equi-Jewel. Because Equi-Jewel is balanced, you can add it to any ration without worrying about causing an unhealthy mineral imbalance.

Rice bran provides fatty acids essential for healthy skin and hair.

To achieve superior coat condition, heat-stabilized rice bran can be supplemented to horses of all ages. It is a highly digestible and palatable source of unsaturated fat for horses. Fats are composed of glycerol and essential fatty acids, elements linked to elastic skin and glossy hair coats.

Serving and Storage

Feeding instructions:

Feed 1-2 lb daily with current ration.

Storage and shelf life:

Store Equi-Jewel in a cool, dry place and reseal bag during storage. Shelf life is 18 months from date of manufacture when stored under suitable conditions.

Available in pelleted form:

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.

Available sizes:

40-lb bag of pellets (40-day supply for 1 horse fed 1 lb per day)

40-lb bag of meal (40-day supply for 1 horse fed 1 lb per day

More Information

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