The EQUIDAE Story
EQUIDAE Benefits and the Science Behind Our Formulas
- From the Makers of CANIDAE Pet Foods, a Trusted Brand since 1996.
- Contains Only Wholesome Ingredients Always Listed Right on the Bag
- Made with Alltech Advantage for Optimal Intestinal Health
- Manufactured Using Steam Extrusion
- Suitable for All Horses at All Caloric Levels
- A Consistent, Fixed Formula With No By-Products or Fillers
- Provides Increased Digestion of Starches
- No Added Sugars or Molasses
- Extremely Palatable
- Features Skin and Coat Conditioners
- Balanced Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids
- Guaranteed Viable Microorganisms
- Antioxidant Vitamins, Chelated Minerals and Electrolytes
- Offers Cool, Consistent Energy
- Formulated for Overall Intestinal Health and Optimal Performance
Introducing what may be the largest breakthrough in equine nutrition in the last 100 years, CANIDAE Pet Foods, Inc. is proud to offer EQUIDAE® Horse Feed. The equine industry has strayed so far away from feeding horses as Nature intended that it is not surprising that we have so many long term health issues involving hooves and stomach upset.
Horses have a unique digestive system that was designed to consume large amounts of fiber. A typical horse grazing will consume about one pound of dry matter per hour, which by the end of a day provides in excess of 12,000 calories. This will meet the daily “Maintenance” requirements of horses without any further supplementation. The problem arose when horses became “Work Horses” and were used to plow farms. Now the daily energy requirements could well exceed 40,000 calories. What is the best and “Safest” way to make up the difference in calories between what is needed, and what the horse obtains from natural fiber sources?
The horse's digestive system is broken down into several segments. The “Stomach’s” purpose is to simply regulate the flow of feedstuffs into the horse's small intestine. Enzymes in the small intestine have less than an hour to breakdown starches and proteins before the food passes into the hindgut. It is here in the hindgut that the majority of the digestive problems associated with feeding horses occur.
The hindgut, unlike the small intestine, relies on bacterial fermentation to breakdown the foodstuffs. Until we started feeding high energy feeds, the only foods making it back to the hindgut were fibrous. But now, starches in the modern horse diet entering the hindgut begin to ferment which produces a combination of gas and heat. In most cases, the result is simply an uncomfortable level of gas that eventually passes. In severe cases, the gas produced may not be passed and will “Colic” the horse.
In 1998, the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) conducted a comprehensive study of colic using 1,026 horses in a total of 28 states. This one year study found that the incidence of colic was 4.2 events/100 horses or 4.2%. Overall, 1.4% of the colic events resulted in surgical intervention, and 11.0% of the horses died. Colic was second only to old age as the cause of death in horses. This study found that the total economical impact to the equine industry was estimated at $115 million dollars in 1998.
For years, the equine industry has recognized the serious problem with feeding high levels of energy to horses. You can’t open a horse magazine without seeing an ad for another “Safe” horse feed. What are these companies doing to “Solve” the problem? Absolutely Nothing! Companies are taking out wholesome grains and replacing them with low quality “processed grain by-products” as well as lower quality fiber sources such as (peanut hulls, rice hulls, oat hulls). Where do they get the energy? Soak it with high levels of fat! So now owners of performance horses are being asked to feed a “Processed Grain By-Product” based feed sprayed with high levels of fat, because they are trying to keep the starch from making it to the hindgut. This is not even close to the best solution to the problem.
EQUIDAE’s premium quality formulations, combined with state-of-the-art steam extrusion processing, provide a solution rather than a bandage to the problem with feeding horses high levels of energy! EQUIDAE premium horse feed is poised to revolutionize how performance horses are fed. What makes EQUIDAE so very unique to the market?
- Steam Extrusion Processing
- Ultra-Premium Quality Ingredients
- A Single, Fixed Formula with Listed Ingredients, Nationally Distributed