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How To Guide: Introducing Horses to CoolStance Copra Meal

Tim Kempton - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Congratulations on making the switch to CoolStance, this is a terrific product. It is low in sugar and starch, high in fiber, provides a great source of protein and contains good fats from coconut oil! Plus it offers a great range of minerals and amino acids already!! CoolStance is the only all natural, low NSC, high energy feed available. We understand that some horses can be quite fussy when transitioning to CoolStance. So we’ve put together some information to help you and your horse through the transition. Each horse will be different in their approach but customers who are committed definitely see the results once their horses do start eating CoolStance.

1.  Include a balanced Vitamin & Mineral:

CoolStance is not a complete feed.  CoolStance must be fed together with a medium quality grass hay. CoolStance has a low calcium (Ca) content, and may require an additional Ca supplementation (particularly for horses grazing oxalate pastures). In Australia we have developed VitaStance, a premium vitamin, mineral and amino acid mix specifically designed to complement feeding CoolStance. Currently outside Australia (USA, UK, SA, NZ) we don't have a brand that we recommend, so look for a balanced trace mineral vitamin mix that provides quality Ca.

2.  Start off slowly and gradually increase:

As with starting any new feed, it is always best to transition slowly to allow the horse to accept the smell and the taste, and also the bacteria in the gut time to adapt. For some horses this could be starting off with 1/4 cup per day and gradually increasing the amount over a week (as you add in more CoolStance reduce the amount of other feed/s). For horses who are fussier this may mean starting with as little as a teaspoon. A few tips and tricks: sometimes adding in foods they like (grated carrot, apple, pear, etc) can help with the initial introduction to CoolStance. Some people have success introducing CoolStance with molasses or a strong smelling supplement. Other times a bit of tough love works, just keep offering up the CoolStance until they get hungry enough to try it.  

3.  Each horse is different:

Feeding rates will vary from horse to horse and how much they need will depend on their energy requirements. The best guide will always be your horse!! Watch their energy levels and body condition and adjust feed accordingly. However, generally we recommend 1-2kg OR 2-4 lbs/day (ideally divided between two meals, AM/PM feeding). Always ensure you horse is receiving sufficient fiber from pasture or hay, horses stomachs are quite small and they are designed for continuous grazing.  Since CoolStance contains only low levels on NSC (sugar and starch), unlike grain based feeds, there is no issue with horses over consuming CoolStance.

Horses will vary the amount they eat on a day to day basis. If a horse leaves CoolStance, immediately reduce the amount offered to what it ate.  Wash out the feed container to remove any residue.  Place the feed bucket in the shade during feed time.

4.  CoolStance can be fed wet or dry:

Most people like to feed CoolStance wet, as the consistency of the product is a fine meal and the addition of water will allow the meal to swell. Adding water can be great for improving hydration and providing a soft feed for older horses. If you choose to feed CoolStance dry ensure that your horses have access to plenty of clean fresh water, as they chew/ masticate/ swallow they will produce saliva to wet the meal, and this increased saliva production will make the horse thirsty. If you feed dry, place the feed bucket away from the water trough, so your horse has to walk between the feed bucket and the water trough.

 It is good to point out here that increased saliva produced during eating may also aid digestion and is what we aim for when talking about ‘slow foods’ (See article on Slow Foods Vs Fast Foods). Some people add just enough water to dampen the meal, some add equal quantities of water to CoolStance so it becomes light and fluffy (this happens quite quickly, CoolStance is not a product that you need to soak), others like to add lots of water so the meal becomes soupy (this is great during summer)!

5.  Feeding twice a day

Horses eat CoolStance twice as slowly as grain based feeds.  Also unlike grain based feeds, CoolStance does not cause a spike in insulin or glucose after it is eaten. This means CoolStance is the ideal feed that can be fed twice a day to suit our busy lifestyles, and does not cause metabolic upset in your horse caused by spikes in insulin and glucose.

We hope this has helped to give you some information on feeding CoolStance, if you have any further queries please don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly sales team (sales@stanceglobal.com). You can also check out other great articles on CoolStance, including ‘Coconut Meal, My Horse Won’t Eat That’ and ‘NSC for Horses’ on our website: www.stanceglobal.com and our Stance Equine YouTube videos: 

(How to Feed Stance Equine Cool Stance Feed, by Kati Trimmell) https://youtu.be/UR7DkqHLeuA

 (How to feed CoolStance Copra Horse Feed Wet or Dry, by Matthew Whiteman) https://youtu.be/-XouRGEmGpU

(Dr Tim explains the benefits of CoolStance copra for horses) https://youtu.be/lt9UEhMjoiU



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CoolStance

CoolStance copra is a unique horse feed because it has low Non Structural Carbohydrate (NSC), and yet has a high digestible energy content.
Learn More

 

PowerStance

PowerStance is a unique powdered coconut oil supplement.  PowerStance delivers the secret ingredient from CoolStance as a powder.
Learn More