4 Times to Use Vitalize Equine Recovery Paste

Vitalize® Equine Recovery Paste with the Amaferm® advantage contains the ideal balance of vitamins, organic trace minerals, amino acids, anti-oxidants, MOS and Amaferm for maximum support of immune function and stress recovery. Though the times to feed it are limitless, here are four times we recommend it most.

At the First Sign of Digestive Upset
Digestive upset or colic can happen for no apparent reason. If your horse is displaying signs of abdominal pain, diarrhea or general discomfort, administer Recovery Paste immediately.

Hauling
Hauling a horse can be a very stressful experience. In fact, on average a horse loses 6 to 8 pounds per hour of travel. To lessen the negative impact, administer Recovery Paste every four to six hours while hauling.

Antibiotics
By nature, antibiotics deplete both the good and bad microbes in the gut making probiotics an impractical option. Amaferm is a prebiotic and is research-proven to stimulate beneficial gut microbes, even in the presence of antibiotics, aiding in a speedy recovery. Administer Recovery Paste daily while feeding antibiotics and in the days following antibiotic treatment.

Showing
If you’ve ever had butterflies in your stomach, you may know firsthand the way your horse is feeling while walking up to the show ring. The stress of showing can have profound, negative impacts on the gut. To improve your horse’s performance and maintain a good gut feeling, administer Recovery Paste two to four hours before showing. For an especially nervous or anxious horse, you can also give paste the night before and after showing.

Volatile Fatty Acids for Horses

Volatile fatty acids (VFAs) are a group of fatty acids produced by the cellulose digesting microbes in a horse’s hind gut. Interestingly, the microbes that produce VFAs cannot use them; they are simply a by-product of the fermentation process employed by the microbes to degrade cellulose found in forages. Instead, the horse absorbs them through the cecal and colonic epithelium, and they are distributed throughout the body as energy for a wide array of biological processes.

The most common VFAs are acetate, propionate and butyrate. Collectively, these account for the majority (approximately 70 percent) of the horse’s energy supply. At a basic level, this allows the horse to survive as an herbivore and contributes energy to the general maintenance of the horse including body condition, hair coat, hoof health and the immune system. Additional burdens, such as competition, stress, and lactation, require additional energy supply and, therefore, additional VFA production and absorption.

Acetate is arguably the most important VFA as it is the only one that can be directly absorbed in the bloodstream and used directly as energy. Propionate and butyrate can also be used as energy, but must first be converted into other compounds. Acetate also has significance for broodmares because it is an important source of fat in a lactating mare’s milk. As such, studies have shown that mares on a high forage diet have more milk fat than mares on a high concentrate diet.

Several components of concentrates are also broken down by microbes in the hind gut. However, the type of microbes responsible for concentrate degradation produce a different ratio of VFAs than the cellulose digesting microbes. This ratio, which contains more propionate and less acetate, is less desirable for the horse since acetate is the most accessible energy source. Although concentrate supplementation is necessary in many situations, a diet high in forage content is necessary for the horse to adequately produce enough VFAs to meet its energy requirements.

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Because Amaferm® increases the efficiency at which the cellulose digesting microbes in the hind gut operate, horses supplemented with Amaferm have significantly higher VFA production from forages. This means the horse is absorbing considerably more energy (and nutrients) from the same amount of forage as a horse not receiving Amaferm.

Fortunately, there are several different ways that horses can receive the Amaferm advantage. This chart will help you pick the ideal BioZyme product for your customer.

Did You Know That You Can Offer Vitaferm® Tubs To Your Equine Customers?

It’s always great when you can offer a product to multiple audiences or demographics within your customer base. The VitaFerm Tubs are a great opportunity to cross over into the equine market in addition to continuing to service your cattle customers. The following chart lists important information you need to know about how to correctly position the right tub to your horse enthusiasts:

Vita Charge®
Stress Tub

Concept•Aid® Power Tub™

VitaFerm®
Mineral Lyk Tub

VitaFerm®
30-13% Tub

Can it be fed to a horse?

YES

YES

YES

NO

Sizes

50 lb. or 200 lb.

50 lb. or 200 lb.

200 lb.

DO NOT FEED
TO HORSES

Convenient

YES

YES

YES

Protein Level

16%

20%

9.5%

NPN

0%

0%

0%

Contains Urea

NO

NO

NO

All Natural Protein

YES

YES

YES

Amaferm Inclusion

2g

2g

2g

Mineral Package in Tub

NO

YES

YES

Organic Trace Minerals

Cu, Mn, Zn

Cu, Mn, Zn

Cu, Mn, Zn

Feeding Rate

0.25 – 0.5 lb., head/per day

1 lb., head/per day

For adult horses: 6-8 oz. head/per day. For yearlings: 4-6 oz. head/per day.