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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.
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PowerStance

PowerStance is a unique powdered coconut oil supplement. PowerStance delivers the secret ingredient from CoolStance as a powder.
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CoolStance promotes cool energy and Digestive health

We all want the best for our horses and often we go above and beyond to seek out the best mixture of feeds to provide the ideal ration. Knowing that what our horses eat makes a real difference to how they behave and perform for us. It has been suggested that over 50% of horses are often overfed, underworked, obese and may be prone to insulin resistance (IR). How is it that we are killing our horses with kindness? Grain based feeds can contain high levels of non-structural carbohydrates (NSC >20%), which is causing metabolic chaos in our horses. The high levels of sugar and starch (akin to high GI) may be leading to disruption of normal gut function, for example the high percentage of sugar in molasses rich diets can contribute to the cause of ulcers in the stomach.

High sugar diets may be directly related to the abnormal growth of benign organisms in the small intestines, causing leaky gut syndrome as a result of dysbiosis, and leakage of glucose molecules into the bloodstream. This increased level of circulating glucose around the body increases the chances of horses suffering from problems likes insulin resistance, obesity, tying up, EMS and laminitis. High levels of starch can lead to an overload of the digestive capacity of the gut, on-flow of starch into the hindgut has been proven to cause acidosis in horses, as well as increasing the chance of colic and laminitis. We know that horses require energy for maintenance, production and work, so what are the alternatives?

Coconut meal is a low NSC, high digestible energy (DE) feed that can replace grain as a complete or base ration for horses. Made from the white flesh of coconuts, which is dried, baked and ground, coconut meal offers a totally natural and chemical and GMO free feed. Containing only 11% NSC, which is the below the recommended safe level of 12% NSC, coconut meal will provide cool energy without the risk of metabolic problems and may improve gut health. coconut meal also contains approximately 10% oil, derived completely from coconut oil, which is rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCT). MCT are unique in they are absorbed and transported directly to the liver where they are metabolised to give ready energy. The lauric acid in coconut oil is also a known antibacterial and antiviral agent. It is suggested that the MCT controls the growth of benign organisms in the gut, avoiding leaky gut syndrome, promoting a healthy gut.

CoolStance premium coconut meal has been fed to horses for over 20 years as a grain replacer. Our coconut meal is regularly tested for nutritional qualities and composition, as well as being tested for Aflatoxins. At Stance Equine we continually observe the benefits of cool and calm temperament, improved coat condition and topline, reduced obesity and avoidance of acidosis and tying up in horses fed CoolStance. This is the expected result of providing a low NSC feed for the natural advantage. It is suggested that the combination of a low NSC feed, together with a high level of MCT in the oil collectively promote a healthy gut, improved temperament, condition and performance of horses.  Recent observations also showed that IR horses fed CoolStance experienced less laminitic issues.

Coconut oil can also be fed directly to horses and is an excellent source of readily available cool energy. While there are many benefits associated with coconut oil, a limiting factor when trying to feed out is that below 22oC it solidifies. PowerStance, powered coconut oil, was developed to overcome these handling problems. The powdered coconut oil can be mixed with water and will stay in suspension. PowerStance promotes the same positive effects on gut health as does CoolStance. Check out our Stance equine feeding system on our website and out your horse to the test!