It is a common sense observation: horses have evolved, over millions of years, to what they are today primarily on the consumption of forages (fibre). It then follows that horses should be fed a forage dominant diet and that non-fibrous feeds, such as grain or concentrate, are not natural to the horse.
Your horse’s digestive system is delicate. Horses have a long and intricate large intestine and have a fine balance of important microbes in their hindgut. Feeding your horse too much grain or concentrate feed (or not enough forage) can disturb this balance and have serious health implications for your horse including gastric ulceration, colic, acidosis and laminitis.
Feeding your horse fibre is always the safest and healthiest option. However, until now fibre sources, such as sun-dried hays and chaffs, lacked the energy levels to deliver winning performances. Valuable nutrients were lost through wilting and storage and in many other fibre products, such as pelleted lucerne and sugar beet, processing and packaging advances have not been sufficient to adequately retain vital energy and nutrients. But now, with the development of high energy HNF® (High Nutritional Fiber), Fiber Fresh has tipped the balance of gastrointestinal health back in favour of the horse, whilst providing them with the energy they need to perform.
All our feed products contain HNF® and are made through our unique fresh system of forage harvesting and preservation. Our products are harvested moist, sealed in airtight packages within 12 hours, and preserved by Controlled Fermentation™ (FiberMix®, FiberEzy®, FiberSure®) or Modified Bio Fermentation™ (FiberProtect® and FiberEdge® (as opposed to being sun-dried) for maximum nutrient retention.
It has been scientifically proven that, due to our advanced proprietary processing techniques, HNF® has superior digestible energy and protein and amino acid digestibility, than traditional dried forms of forage and is the most effective and beneficial forage for your horse.
Nutritionists agree that for optimum digestive function, fibre in the form of forage should make up at least 50% and, in many cases, up to 100% of your horse’s daily feed. Using high energy HNF® as the primary ingredient and foundation of the ration more of your horses energy and nutrient needs can be supplied through forage and excessive grain or concentrate feeding can be avoided without compromising total energy intake.
For correct feeding proportions see our Feeding Advice