• Bone Builder is a feed supplement formulated to help increase bone density in young horses. It contains Silicon, Magnesium, Boron and Lysine and is designed to be fed in conjunction with Vetpro High Performance Mineral Supplement which provides Calcium, Phosphorus, Copper and Zinc. For a long time it was considered that to have achieve stronger bone all that was necessary was to feed more Calcium. Research has conclusively proven that increasing dietary calcium above recommended dietary levels has no effect on bone density. What research has shown is the important role that Silicon, Magnesium and Boron play in bone mineralisation. The rate of skeletal growth in young horses occurs faster than weight gain. By 12 months of age a horse can attain 94% of its mature height and 65% of its mature weight. Total bone mineral content (BMC) lags behind skeletal growth. At 12 months of age bone mineralisation is 76% complete. Maximum BMC is not reached until a horse is 6 years old. The period when young bones need to be strong is often the time when they are subjected to the most stress. A horse traveling at race speeds is subjected to forces three times its own bodyweight. Maximising bone density is important in improving bone strength and thereby preventing bone injuries. By paying careful attention to mineral supplementation, bone density and skeletal durability can be improved. Bone mineralisation begins during the last three months of pregnancy. At this stage fetal bones are cartilage models of the adult bones. The skeleton of the newborn foal contains only 17% of the adult bone mineral content. The first 12 months are an important nutritional period as bone mineralisation proceeds at an accelerated rate. The importance of Calcium and Phosphorus in bone development is well known. Less is known about the importance of Magnesium, Boron and Silicon. Magnesium is essential for the formation of the collagen matrix and bone mineralization. Around 60% of the Mg in the body is found in bone tissue. Human studies have shown a positive correlation between bone mineral density and dietary magnesium. Low magnesium is associated with reduced activity by osteoblasts and osteoclasts - the cells involved in bone remodeling. Boron is a trace element that up until recently has received very little attention. Human research indicates that boron aids the uptake of Calcium and Magnesium into bone as well as increasing vitamin D3 levels, important for bone mineral metabolism. Silicon is an essential nutrient for normal body function and one of the most common, but most of the silicon found in nature is in a sand form and is unable to be absorbed by the body. Plants can take Silicon up from the soil so consequently the forage and grains that horses consume contain small amounts. Silicon is also involved in the formation of the collagen matrix. Experiments showed Silicon deficient diets resulted in lower bone collagen levels, resulting in abnormal bone growth. The same series of experiments also showed that Silicon supplementation increased the rate of bone mineralisation as well as increasing the Glycosaminoglycan levels in cartilage, important in the prevention and treatment of degenerative joint disease. Studies carried out at the University of Texas underlined the importance of Silicon in maximizing bone density in young racehorses. In these studies horses on Silicon supplemented diets were able to train and race for longer and sustained less bone injuries than non-supplemented horses. This was attributed to a reduction in bone absorption and an overall improvement in bone density. It was noted that Silicon supplementation had no effect on growth rate, therefore was not connected with any risk of growth related diseases like OCD. Bone Builder contains a highly absorbable form of Silicon, along with Magnesium, Boron and the essential growth promoting Amino Acid Lysine. Each 30g dose delivers 9.48g Lysine, 5.25g Magnesium, 30.5mg Silicon and 25ppm Boron. Bone Builder should be fed to weanlings, yearlings and 2 year olds in training. Older horses (36 months upwards) do not benefit from supplementation as the collagen matrix has developed fully. It should be fed to broodmares during the last three months of pregnancy. When fed during lactation the levels in the milk increase, resulting in Silicon being available to the foal. Registered ACVM Act 1977, No A9377
    Recommended Daily Dose Rates: Foals & Weanlings: 15gms Yearlings & 2 year olds: 30gms Pregnant (last trimester) & Lactating Broodmares: 30gms
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  • Vetpro has customized the range of Mineral Supplements to make minerals more user- specific. The under lying principle that we are basing this on is that all horses need mineral supplementation. They are essential for the growth and development of the musculo-skeletal system in young horses. Adult horses rely on minerals for the maintenance of that same system. There are no grazing situations in New Zealand that can provide the total mineral requirements of a horse on a daily basis. We can recognize 3 dietary situations where different mineral supplements are necessary. Which category does your horse fit? 1# Horses grazing at pasture and fed nothing else. e.g. spelling horses (maintenance) ponies and broodmares (non-pregnant). Then you will need Equine Speller Minerals (See Speller Minerals card). 2# Horses fed hard feed and hay with some access to pasture and being required to produce strenuous or demanding performance e.g. racehorses, eventers, dressage, endurance, show jumpers . 3# Pregnant or lactating broodmares. 2# and 3# will need Equine Performance Minerals Horses in full training on energy diets have an extra demand for minerals and trace elements. The same can be said for lactating broodmares and rapidly growing yearlings (pre sale preparation). If feeding prepared feeds with some minerals included – check the list of actual minerals and note that unless the horse is fed the stated quantity eg 5kgs per day of the feed, then the mineral content will be less thatnthe required daily amount. Vetpro Equine Performance Minerals contain calcium and phosphorus in approximately a 1:1 ratio, along with higher levels of all the essential trace minerals. Used at the recommended dose rates it provides the daily requirements of all important minerals and trace elements. All horses do not need vitamins and over supplementing some vitamins can be detrimental. Vetpro does not mix a general supplement as it would be uneconomic for the owner and horses need to be fed and supplemented specifically to their needs. View our 'Tye-Up' Article Here..
    Per Kg: Phosphorus 15.3% Calcium 19.55% Sulphur 3.0% Manganese 0.31% Copper 0.24% Iodine 0.0047% Zinc 0.4% Cobalt 0.0021% Magnesium 2.5% Selenium 0.0014% Cherry Flavour 0.48% Milk Powder 2.162%
    2kg 5kg 15kg 25kg
    120g for late pregnant and lactating broodmares 90g for horses in hard work (racing or eventing) 90g for yearlings 60g for sport horses and weanlings
  • Equine Vitamin E is a cherry flavoured supplement in a wheatgerm base. Each 15 gram dose contains 1000iu of Vitamin E in the form of Tocopherol. Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant. It protects muscle cells and blood vessels against the toxic waste products of cell metabolism know as free radicals. It also protects the red blood cells. It has been shown that Vitamin E supplementation can reduce nervousness in some horses. It is also indicated to aid horses that are prone to tying up, especially in conjunction with Equine Selenium K. Horses low in good pasture or green feed intake are in need of Vitamin E supplementation. Vitamin E is also necessary in the diet of breeding stallions and mares to maintain fertility. Do not add to the same feed as an iron supplement as the vitamin may be damaged and therefore made ineffective. View our 'Tye-Up' Article Here... View our 'Vitamin E' Article Here...
    Vitamin E 67000 IU/Kg Each 15g dose contains 1000mg of Vitamin E
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    Average horse 16.0hh or horses in light work - 15g Larger horse or horses in full work or lactating mares or serving stallions - 30g Average Pony 13.2-14.0hh - 8g Large Pony 14.2hh - 12g Nervous Horses - 30g Horses on very poor pasture - 30g
  • Mare’s milk is unique - foals do not thrive on cow’s milk. To use cow’or goat milk as a replacement can cause difficulties for the orphan foal, reducing their chances of healthy development. Vetpro Foalmilk does not contain colostrum - this must be given to the foal within four hours of birth and prior to any other nutrients, even milk or water.
    Vetpro Foalmilk is made from premium quality (human consumable standard) New Zealand milk powder. It is also combined with the correct balance of fats, lactose and sugar, with the vitamins and minerals at an optimum level for the healthy development of the foal. This produces the closest formulation to mare’s milk than either cow or goat milk. Comparison of main ingredients: Mares Milk - Vetpro FoalMilk  - Goats Milk - Cows Milk Fat 15% - 12% - 34% - 29% Protein 22.8% - 22% - 25% - 25% Sugar 58.8% - 50% - 31% - 38% Although the main use is to nourish an orphan foal, it is also useful as a supplement for a foal whose dam has insufficient milk, or added dry to foal feed at weaning. Vetpro Foalmilk is also ideal as a liquid supplement for aged horses who have difficulty eating hard feed, horses in poor condition and lactating mares. Available in a 2.5 kg bag (emergency packs) or a 10 kg bag. Both bags come complete with sterilizing tablets, measure scoop, teat and full instructions, plus hints on managing the orphan foal. Read our article on 'Raising the Orphan Foal' here...
    Each 100 gm of Vetpro Foalmilk contains: Vitamin A 2500iu Vitamin D 250iu Vitamin E 15iu Vitamin B1 3 mg Vitamin B2 1.5 mg Vitamin 6 1.5 mg Vitamin B12 5mg Folic Acid 1.5 mg Niacin 2.5 mg Pantothenic Acid 2.5 mg
  • AMINO ACID SUPPLEMENT - Unlock the Protein in the diet. Vetpro Lysine-T contains the essential amino acids Lysine and Threonine. Scientific research has shown that young horses show improved growth, and older horses can show improved muscle mass, plus horses in work (particularly low carbohydrate/high fat/low forage diets) benefit from Lysine and Threonine supplementation. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The quality of protein is determined by its amino acid composition - it is the quality of the protein in the diet that regulates how well the horse grows and functions. Protein is in every cell in the body, muscles, tendons, organs, glands, hooves and hair. The amino acids that must be supplied in the horses’ diet everyday are called essential amino acids. Lysine is the first limiting amino acids and Threonine is the second. A limiting amino acid is one that if not present, will prevent protein from being made, even if other amino acids are present in adequate quantities. Therefore protein quality can be improved (released) by supplementing with these two limiting amino acids. Scientific studies on young horses have shown that supplementation with Lysine and Threonine optimized growth rates. Also fortification of the diet with Lysine and Threonine can allow the quantity of protein to be decreased while still promoting optimum growth. Horses in work that have a tendency to overheat , blow and sweat excessively, often caused by high protein levels in the diet, can benefit by reducing the protein percentage in the feed and supplementing with Vetpro Lysine –T. The current trend of feeding low carbohydrate diets, particularly when combined with controlled pasture access, may result in sub-optimal levels of Lysine and Threonine. This will mean that even if available protein is taken up, it will be limited in its ability to repair and rebuild cellular health. Aged horses have difficulty in retaining muscle mass due to a reduced ability to digest protein combined with a declined activity level. Research has shown that supplying limiting amino acids can improve the protein status of the geriatric horse. A combination of supplementation with Vetpro Muscle–Max and Vetpro Lysine-T will provide the optimum opportunity for the older horse to retain condition and structural health. Vetpro Lysine-T also contains a yeast culture and yeast extract to aid with palatability and digestibility. It also enhances the activity of fibre digesting bacteria which increases nutrient availability and absorption. In summary where to use Vetpro Lysine-T: In the young growing horse to maximise growth rates. In the active horse used for moderate to heavy work. In horses where the increase of protein may result in the horse blowing, overheating and producing high ammonia in the urine. In the older horse to maintain its muscle mass, where increasing protein in the diet is often not appropriate due to digestibility being difficult in the aged horse. To understand more about Lysine and Protein click here to read this vet article
    Every 50gm dose delivers: 20gm Lysine 15gms Threonine 15gms yeast extract/culture
    The daily dose rate is 25gm for foals and yearlings and 50gm for mature and older horses (500 kg LWT).
    1.5kg foil bags
    From www.jas.fass.org PM Graham, EA Ott, JH Brendemuhl and S H Tonbroeck - The effect of supplemental lysine and threonine on growth and development of yearlings W B Staniar, DS kronfeld, J A Wilson, L A Lawrence, W L Cooper, P A Harris - Growth of thoroughbreds fed a low protein supplement fortified with lysine and threonine P M Graham-Thiers & D S Kronfeld – Amino Acid supplementation improves muscle mass in aged and young horses.