Best Horse Feed
Hi-Pro™ Feed uses only premium feed ingredients with USP grade and chelated minerals, vitamins, micro-encapsulated probiotics, and electrolytes in an optimal balance. We believe USP Grade minerals are essential for today's quality horses. Too many salt and mineral blocks are laden with arsenic, cadmium, lead, and other heavy metals which compromise functions in the body.
Chelated minerals allow for maximum absorption with optimal purity. Back in the 1970's, we pioneered the use of specific chelates, and/or proteinates, in cutting edge formulas to help address health problems in horses and/or increase performance.
35 years ago, we were also the very first company in the nation, and possibly the world, to add probiotics to horse supplements and feed. Now, everyone does it.
We've contributed more to the U.S. equine health knowledge-base than every single other company in our category. Our Biochemist has been a leader in the equine field for the last 35 years.
What is in
Most horse feeds are made with non-digestible agricultural waste products like beet pulp, wheat middlings, hulls, and many types of by-products. It can be a challenge to find the best feed for your horse while wading through all the full color attractive packaging out there.
Adequate and proper nutrition is essential. Every nutrient is necessary for the effectiveness of every other nutrient. If one nutrient is missing or deficient, all other nutrients are affected. Today’s processed horse feed is nutritionally deficient, lacking proper nutrients because of how the ingredients--many in incorrect forms--are grown, processed, transported, stored, treated and prepared. In addition, it damages the horse’s body (cells) because it retains toxic residues from pesticides and other agricultural chemicals. A few years ago, a massive recall of pet food took place in this country. Thousands of dogs and cats were sickened or died from consuming commercially processed feed tainted with the chemical additive melamine, a cheap and dangerous way to raise the protein level of these commercial feeds. Keeping in mind that horses are similarly classified as companion animals (not animals raised for human consumption), their feed is processed under the same (lack of) regulation and oversight as feed for our other pets.
To understand protein and protein needs, we must first describe just what protein is.
Protein is the name given to a complex molecule that is a combination of smaller parts called amino acids, which are hooked together like the cars of a train. Amino acids are called the "building blocks" of proteins.
There are some 22 different kinds of amino acids that exist naturally and they may many different shapes and structures. Therefore, many different kinds of proteins can be made from different combinations of amino acids.
Horse Feed Nutrition
We carefully select the safest and most nutritional feed ingredients, and we have strict specifications for our partner mills producing Hi-Pro™ Feed.
Since we do not eat horses in this country, they are not an agricultural edible commodity, and so the laws regulating what can and cannot be put into horse, cat and dog foods of animals not destined for the human food market are significantly different than for animals destined for slaughter like cows, chickens and pigs. Essentially, it is "anything goes" for the pet food market, including horses. Back in 1976, there was a law passed that allowed industrial wastes to be "recycled" in to products that is called with tongue in cheek, The Hazardous Waste Recycling Act" that allows contaminated wastes that may contain some minerals to be re-listed as "trace minerals" and added to pet foods and fertilizers that grow our food. That is why, in a recession when poor and elderly people have a hard time with food bills and turn to cat food tuna fish and other pet foods, the federal government issues public media warnings that the quality of cat tuna fish is not up to human standards, but they fail to say why however.
These industrial and pharmaceutical wastes also are being "recycled towards a profitable end" in the form of artificial colors, artificial flavors and artificial fragrances that enter our human market in everything from medicines to foods and drinks to heavy use in cosmetics.
Whether you've got a broodmare, foal, performance horse or older horse, Hi-Pro™ Feed is perfect for every horse in your barn. By simply choosing one of our different specific vitamin mineral Balancer Packs which addresses each individual horse's special needs, you can then buy, or make yourself, the same base seed meal for a feed totally customized for the special needs of each and every horse in your ban. Our Biochemist, Linsey McLean, can even make up custom mixes for your equines, as Enhancers, if a hair analysis shows your horses have specific deficiencies or toxicities. Hi-Pro™ will not only give you results, most people find that it's cheaper than what they're currently feeding because you feed so much less of it than competing brands.
Whether you've got a broodmare, foal, performance horse, race horse or older horse, the Hi-Pro™ Feed Program is perfect for every horse in your barn.
Since all common commercial grain/feed mixes combine both the protein and carbohydrate portions of the total feed needs, it is impossible to maintain the necessary protein levels without overfeeding carbohydrates for most horses. Horses, like humans, dogs and cats today, are very sensitive to carbohydrates and tend to gain weight easily. Carbohydrates need to be fed as needed on a daily basis according to energy needs and workload, while the needed protein levels remain the same.