The process requires a balanced intake of nutrients allowing the metabolism of the horse build protein, deposit reasonable amounts of fat whilst still providing energy for maintaining its biochemical systems. This means an increase in all nutrients in a form that the horse can digest and absorb in a normal meal.
It is OK to add small amounts of oil to a diet to increase energy reserves and it is better than using some forms of carbohydrate, but should be regarded as a short-term measure, unless exercise is to be increased over the long term.
The best way of improving condition is to obtain more energy from natural feedstuffs. Both Speedi-Beet
benefit from micronized sugar beet. This enables:
Improved nutrient availability in the small intestine to increase uptake of protein, minerals and fat
Improved fermentation and nutrient availability in the hind gut due to increased microbial activity.
It would be expected that Speedi-Beet
would therefore be a better conditioner than Fibre-Beet as it is pure micronized sugar beet and has a higher energy level. In the short term this may be true, but Speedi-Beet is designed to substitute for high energy feeds, replacing carbohydrates with a beneficial fibre profile. Thus, in feeding recommendations existing rations usually have the hard feed reduced and, for maintenance, the forage element is balanced off generically.