A group of yearling fillies consisting of 4 standardbreds were housed in a group with complete outdoor turnout and access to run in shelters. They had been fed a diet of mixed grass hay and grain (oats, barley molasses and vitamins, Reeker custom mix) subsequent to weaning and through the course of the winter months. All vaccinations and deworming were current. On June 22, 2012, the group as a whole demonstrated dull haircoat, poorly shedded out winter hair, and lack of muscular development. Photos were taken at this time, and the individuals were started on a daily dose of 1 ¼ scoops of EQUIZEN added to the daily ration. The proposed feeding period was to be for 60 days, whereupon comparison photographs would be taken. The fillies readily accepted the EQUIZEN added to their feed, and no horse refused feed. Due to the drought conditions in Ontario, the fillies stayed in a dirt paddock for the entire summer, and stayed on the same diet. No side effects were noted from the addition of EQUIZEN to their diets. On August 23, 2012, comparison photos were taken of the fillies. Note that the standardbreds were to commence “fitting” and conditioning at this time prior to the yearling sales. Below are the before and after photos of the horses.
Equizen has been subjected to taste test trials in numerous barns, environments and breeds. All testing has show that the products palatability has not affected the delivery of the supplement and we have seen great positive feedback to date.
Assessments during our stage 2 research involves the following items.
- Weight gain
- Body condition scores
- Hematological parameters
- Race performance ( times, lifetime marks, average earnings per start )
- Effects on atrial fibrillation
- Effects on semen quality and storage parameters
Preliminary results show the following
- Over a 50 day feed period horses gain between 35-60kg
- Overall increase in body condition score
- Increases in red blood cell count and haemoglobin
- Improved race performance with regards to race time
- Improved recovery after exercising event
- Improved attitude and behaviour
- Improved hair coat
- Improved appetite