We have recently started to stock the Gold Label Fodder Brics, a compressed forage cube available in either Alfalfa or Timothy. At this time of year when horses can spend a lot of time in their stables and grazing is sparse, giving your horses plenty to occupy them and provide the correct levels of forage is very important and can be a challenge through winter months.
Why would you use the Fodder Brics
These compressed forage bricks are ideal for a number of different situations and have numerous benefits for your horse:
1. Travelling – These small forage bricks are ideal to take to a show or when travelling to keep your horse occupied in the trailer or horse lorry. Being very compact you could easily take a few with you in the lorry whilst using very little room.
2. In the Stable – Fodder Brics are ideal for extra entertainment and fibre for stable time, giving your horse something a little different to hay or haylage.
3. Prolong feeding time – The time it takes to gnaw at the Fodder Blocks helps to prolong feeding time and mimic natural grazing habits, making their feed last a little longer.
4. Prevent boredom – The added interest provided by these blocks can stop boredom, which in turn will reduce the risk of vices developing or help to keep any existing vices to a minimum.
5. Good source of fibre – Fibre is essential for a healthy digestive system and the process of digesting fibre also generates heat which is very important for horses in the winter.
Alfalfa Fodder Bric
The Alfalfa Fodder Brics are made using quality chopped Alfalfa, a good source of calcium essential for the maintenance of a strong and healthy skeletal system and magnesium which helps to control the nervous systems and block involuntary reactions, allowing the horse to effectively relax muscles.
Alfalfa is also higher in protein and provides a good source of extra calories for those in work or horses who need additional energy to maintain their condition throughout winter. It is also a good source of carotene which works alongside Vitamin A, acting as a natural antioxidant to maintain a healthy immune system response. Alfalfa is also high in fibre and naturally low in sugar, which also makes in safe to feed to horses who are prone to tying up or those who are laminitis prone.
Gold Label Alfalfa Fodder Brics contain no additives, are straw free and non-heating making them suitable for many horses or ponies, including those who have a tendency towards being excitable. Use the Alfalfa Fodder Brics as something a little different to feed to your horse who would benefit from the extra chewing time, further forage and nutrients, helping to beat boredom this winter!
Timothy Fodder Bric
The Gold Label Timothy Fodder Brics can be fed to rabbits as well as horses, to provide a good source of fibre to use alongside hay or haylage. The unmolassed timothy is compressed and a 1kg block is equivalent to half a section of good quality hay, making them ideal to use in conjunction to hay or haylage to provide a fun alternative to a haynet and extend chewing time.
They are free from additives and straw, made using only good quality timothy grass for a convenient source of fibre, which is ideal for travelling or in the stable to offer further entertainment. Horses and rabbits enjoy gnawing and chewing at the timothy blocks, giving them further pleasure, making their feed last longer and your hay go further.
The Timothy Fodder Brics are ideal for good doers or ponies who do not require too many additional calories but would benefit from the high fibre and interesting source of forage.
If you are looking for a healthy way to entertain your horse when travelling or in their stable the Gold Label Fodder Brics are a great choice, providing an extra source of fibre and helping to make feed and hay last longer.
If you have tried different licks and small holed haynets then why not give the Fodder Brics a try? You can provide a little extra forage in a compact little brick that is convenient to use and small making it easier to store. If you use Gold Label Fodder Brics already let us know what you think and leave a comment!