It can be difficult and confusing to find products to safely supplement your horse for weight maintenance. Finding the right combination can be challenging when it comes to equine nutrition because there are so many options and not everything works well together. Fortunately, when used together, Max-E-Glo Stabilized Rice Bran and Calf-Manna provide a great balance to maximize nutrition and performance.
What is so transformational about this power couple of supplements is that they are safe to be fed together and their nutritional makeup complement each other in a horse's diet. Let's dive into the nutritional components of each of these supplements individually and learn how they work together.
Calf-Manna is rich in both digestible carbohydrates and protein. Horse owners; don't let the word "calf" deter you from this product. Calf-Manna has a very long and proud heritage, as it was developed 80+ years ago as a nutritional supplement.
What is Calf-Manna exactly? let's break down the main components of Calf-Manna and their function:
Protein: Calf-Manna is 25% protein. The protein is from multiple high-quality sources which provide a wide array of essential amino acids. More proteins support more growth and better muscle development for horses.
Linseed Meal: This meal comes from Flax. Linseed Meal provides good quality protein and a little oil to help add sheen and luster to your horse's coat.
Anise = Palatability: Ingredients like Anise provide Calf-Manna’s inviting, sweet smelling aroma and taste.
Brewer’s Dried Yeast: Brewer’s Dried Yeast improves palatability, encourages earlier and more consistent intake of dry feed, and support optimal digestion.
Carbohydrates: Calf-Manna’s digestible carbohydrates are an excellent source of energy. It’s often called “energy dense” which means it delivers more calories per mouthful. The quality carbohydrates also make Calf-Manna an ideal solution for weight gain.
Now, let's explore the fat supplement.
Max-E- Glo Stabilized Rice Bran
The key nutritional feature of stabilized rice bran is its fat content. Any horse owner that wants to add fat or calories to their horse’s diet could consider feeding Stabilized Rice Bran.
Fat is a good source of calories and it’s easy on the digestive tract, making it an ideal way to add fat to a horse’s diet and avoiding a grain overload. In addition to the plant-based fat, Max-E Glo is all natural, gluten-free, and NON GMO.
Let’s break down the ingredients:
Fat: Max-E Glo contains 18% fat and is all natural. Fat is a great source of calories.
Essential Fatty Acids. The high quality fat provides horses with essential fatty acids: Omega 3, 6, and 9. These fatty acids serve numerous functions, including improved coat condition. This is why your horse shines on Max-E-Glo.
Vitamin E. Max-E Glo provides natural Vitamin E which supports the immune system and can help horses prone to "tying up."
Gamma Oryzanol. That is a mouthful! This is too found naturally in Max-E Glo. This unsung hero of a compound is believed to help with the repair and rebuilding of muscle.
Fiber Content. The digestible fiber in SRB (Max-E-Glo has a fiber content of 8.5% as an example) make it less likely to lead to digestive issues than other, more starchy calorie sources.
How does the power couple work together?
Calf-Manna and Max-E-Glo offer a nice balance of protein and fat. The low levels of starch and sugar in Max-E-Glo, compliment the higher levels in Calf-Manna. What also makes this combo easy to feed, is that both are compatible with feeds as a top dressing, and you do not need to adjust the feeding rate of your general feed. However, stabilized rice bran and Calf-Manna are most commonly fed to horses that need additional body condition. In this case, it’s simply added to the diet.
This combination is an excellent supplement for a lot of horses depending on life-stage and activity level.
Who would benefit from Calf-Manna + Max-E-Glo?
- Performance Horses: Supports muscle repair, recovery and increases calorie intake. Performance horses benefit from these supplements as it provides the additional calories needed for their high caloric expenditure and will help maintain the body condition of these athletes.
- Underweight horses: It’s a very safe and effective way to get additional calories into the diet without having to feed large amounts of grain to an underweight horse. This is a great combination for the "hard keeper".
- Broodmares: The calories and protein support milk production.
- Young horses: Provides a good quality protein to grow and develop muscle in a young horse.
- Senior horses:i It’s easy to digest, which is important for an older horse and provides additional calories to help build and maintain their body condition. Some senior horses can struggle maintaining weight. Stabilized Rice Bran can help them maintain good body condition, meanwhile the Calf-Manna helps maintain muscle tissue.
- Seasonal Changes: For any horse going into the winter, adding supplemental protein and fat can be beneficial.
You may be wondering if there are there any horses that should not be fed SRB or Calf-Manna?
Because of its caloric content, feeding an overweight horse these products will only add to the problem.
About Dr. Rob McCoy
Rob McCoy was born and raised in south central Kansas. He attended Kansas State University earning his B.S. degree in Agriculture (Animal Science and Industry) in 1990 and his M.S. degree in 1992. Following graduation from K-State, Rob continued his graduate work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned his Ph. D. in 1996.
Rob joined Manna Pro in 1997 as an Animal Nutritionist. He is currently Vice President, Nutrition and Quality Assurance for the company. He is a member of the American Society of Animal Science; American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists; Equine Science Society; and the Nutrition Council of the American Feed Industry Association.
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