Low in starch and sugar - no grains or molasses:
While special needs horses require at least some soluble carbohydrates (starches and sugar) for brain function and hoof health, too much can cause glucose and insulin levels to spike. We guarantee the level of soluble carbohydrates in WellSolve L/S to be less than 11 percent.
Digestible/fermentable fibers as an alternative energy source:
Although many reputable commercial feeds rely on sugars and starches as the primary energy source, the level of calories in these feeds is unnecessary and the calorie sources may not be a safe option for many special needs horses. That’s why WellSolve L/S® horse feed utilizes a blend of fibers from various feedstuffs such as beet pulp, ground soy hulls and alfalfa meal.
Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids:
• Fats are a dense source of calories. The soybean oil and ground flaxseed in
WellSolve L/S® are ideal for replacing calories that would otherwise be lacking in a low starch and sugar diet.
• Research is ongoing, but there are indications that higher amounts of omega 3 fatty acids may help ward off inflammation. If so, this could prove beneficial to the special needs horse.
Quality Protein and Essential Amino Acids:
WellSolve L/S® has an ideal amino acid profile for the special needs horse, including lysine, threonine and methionine. All are essential amino acids and aid in tissue repair.
Antioxidants and a Healthy Immune System—Vitamins E, C and Selenium:
These powerful antioxidants destroy “free radicals” that can wreak havoc on healthy cells. We have added a natural source of vitamin E for the special needs horse, as well as a blend of natural tocopherols to help preserve the supplemented antioxidants and the overall shelf life of the product.
Vitamins and Minerals proportioned for the special needs horse:
Special needs horses can easily become deficient in key vitamins due to grazing restrictions or because of eating large amounts of stored hay. WellSolve L/S® compensates for these deficiencies with the proper combination of vitamins and minerals, including added vitamins A and D, as well as a natural source of vitamin E. We’ve also added minerals like copper and zinc, which are involved in chemical reactions related to connective tissue synthesis and maintenance in tissues such as tendons and cartilage.
Added Biotin, no need for additional supplementation:
At present, there is no established biotin requirement for horses. However, there is research with horses that have issues in regard to hoof quality and growth that suggests additional biotin could support hoof re-growth in some horses. For this reason, we have added biotin to WellSolve L/S® at a level of 3.6 mg/lb. Consequently, there is no need for any additional supplementation by the horse owner.
Palatability, without grains or molasses:
In the end, it doesn’t matter how good a feed is if a horse won’t eat it. For this reason,
WellSolve L/S® is formulated with an extra hint of natural flavors to be highly palatable for horses with special needs.
Why hay plays an especially critical role in feeding special needs horses:
Fasting is bad for many special needs horses and can provoke wide fluctuations in blood glucose/insulin levels. When long-stem, low carbohydrate hay is offered along with WellSolve L/S horse feed, it prolongs feeding time, thereby shortening the fasting time between meals. Also, because the horse spends more time chewing and digesting the hay than he would if eating a concentrate, blood glucose and insulin levels stay lower and steadier. As an added benefit, a longer meal may make the horse feel more satisfied. Plus, hay is a good source of fiber for horses.