Choosing a horse feed from the vast selection of feeds and manufacturers is an intimidating task for many owners. We don’t want to take a chance on a feed that might do our horse more harm than good, so we feed what we are comfortable with. Why would there be a need for something different?
Maybe everything is perfect as it is.
Or maybe you don’t want to feed your horse GMOs, and all the good commercial feeds contain beet pulp, soy hulls, corn or ambiguous terms like “forage products”.
We hear you.
While formulating our custom feeds for horses, two feeds in particular evolved from our GMO-free, no waste philosophy, earning a permanent place in our product line. See what you think of these two, Easy Keeper and Out to Pasture!
Although some horses need the most nutritious feed we can get into them just to stay in good shape, a lot more of them don’t work very hard for a living, or they seem to get fat on air alone, and that leaves us with a problem. If they are eating mostly hay or pasture, how do we solve the Easy Keeper problems?
Easy Keepers need vitamins and minerals (especially selenium) but getting them into our horses without spending a lot of time or money on them can be a chore. Easy Keepers fed in a stall expect to get grain just like the other horses, and they can be brats about it, demanding equal eating opportunities. But Easy Keepers can get fat, founder, or bounce off the walls if they are fed the same high glycemic index grains and easily digested carbohydrates as the Thoroughbred in the next stall gets.
Easy Keeper was made to address these problems. It’s tasty and wholesome, it has vitamins and minerals in it and it contains none of the inflammatory ingredients we are avoiding by feeding non-GMO feeds. (That’s the main reason we don’t like GMOs. If the plants are modified to damage the bugs that would eat the soybeans, corn or sugar beets, what do they do to our horses when they eat those same toxins?)
Here at Union Point Custom Feeds we make our feeds with carefully chosen ingredients that meet our strict standards. They must be fresh, free of mold and dust, good tasting, preferably locally grown, domestic and non-GMO. We track our ingredients with a paper trail that ensures traceability for feed safety. Our owner/nutritionist then combines them in a way that maximizes their digestibility and helps the animals perform their best. Our goal is to produce the best feed as efficiently as we can so that every dollar buys your horse the optimum nutrition. Less manure is a nice benefit, too.
We start with whole grains and seeds, grind them and mix them with vitamins and minerals and healthy additives like brewer’s yeast, probiotics and Redmond trace mineral salt. We make a dust-free pellet using whole grains and seeds that are ground and then formed into pellets in our cold steam machinery. We don’t need binders. Then we mix the pellets with our signature chopped pumpkin seed, green and yellow peas for crunch and protein, rolled oats, high Omega-3 camelina meal and a touch of natural maple flavor. It doesn’t take much to give your horse all the nutrition he needs, and he thinks he has the coolest feed in the barn.
We don’t put any fillers in it – that’s the job of the forage you feed. Hay or grass is what horses should be eating, but there is no reason to process it for Easy Keepers. It gives them something to do, and the saliva they produce in chewing benefits their digestion by producing enzymes and natural stomach acid buffers. Some of the most common fillers in commercially milled feeds include soybean hulls, beet pulp and forage byproducts. That’s a lot of GMOs right there in the soy and the beets, and who knows what else may there be like herbicides and pesticides?
We’re sticklers for freshness and that’s why we put the date of manufacture right on the tag. For horses that are Easy Keepers, here’s a great way to keep them healthy, happy and GMO-free without breaking the bank.
Out to Pasture
Union Point Custom Feeds Non-GMO Senior Horse
Senior horses often need the most nutritious feed we can get into them just to keep them in good shape. A shiny old horse makes us smile. They have earned an easy life and we want to make their later years as comfortable as we can. This often means accommodating their less efficient digestive systems, their changing needs and their aged teeth.
Their feed needs to be super digestible so that they get every bit of nutrition out of it. It needs to be easy to eat without counting on efficient chewing. It needs to dissolve rapidly when eaten and make a mash easily when fed wet. Vitamins are even more important for aged horses because they may not absorb them well, so supplementation is more critical than at any time since their youth.
Union Point Custom Feeds Out to Pasture is both tasty and wholesome; it’s processed in the most digestible way possible. It has optimal levels of vitamins, minerals, probiotics and prebiotics. It contains none of the inflammatory ingredients we avoid when refusing genetically modified ingredients. That’s why there is no sugar beet pulp, soy or corn in it. Those crops are nearly all genetically modified to do damage to the bugs that would eat them. What might they do to our horses when they eat those same toxins?
Here at Union Point we make our feeds with carefully chosen ingredients that meet our strict standards. They must be fresh, free of mold and dust, tasty, locally grown if possible (and never from overseas), and not genetically modified with toxins. We track ingredients with a paper trail that ensures traceability for food and feed safety. Our owner-nutritionist then combines them in a way that maximizes their digestibility and helps the animals perform their best. Our goal is to produce the best feed as efficiently as we can so that every feed dollar buys your animal the maximum nutrition. Less manure is a nice benefit, too.
We start with whole grains and seeds, grind them and mix them with healthy vitamins, minerals, and healthy additives like brewer’s yeast and Redmond trace mineral salt. We add direct-fed microbials (6 strains of beneficial bacteria), chelated minerals for better absorption, selenium yeast (of course) and digestive enzymes to make the feed more efficient with less metabolic effort. We’ve added biotin and other B vitamins needed at higher levels for older horses. Vitamins A, C, D, and E are in higher levels than needed for younger animals, but well within safety limits. We then compress it into dust-free pellets with our cool-steam processes, preserving the vitamins, prebiotics and probiotics.
We count on steam-rolled oats, peas, pumpkin flesh and seeds, wheat germ and wheat bran for our main ingredients, bicarb to avoid ulcers, oat syrup for sweetness and camelina oil for Omega 3s. There are no fillers and none of the inflammatory properties we associate with GMO ingredients.
We are sticklers for freshness and that’s why we put the date of manufacture right on the bag. For horses who have served us well, here’s a great way to keep them happy, healthy and GMO-free without breaking the bank. They have earned it.