BARASTOC FEEDS: A VET’S PERSPECTIVE
Barastoc Ambassadors for over six years, the Luxmoore family find the Barastoc range is a perfect fit. With eventers, dressage horses and showjumpers in their stable, along with youngstock and retirees, Barastoc has a feed that meets the nutritional requirements of every horse in their family.
“Being complete feeds, Barastoc products are formulated to meet the horses’ nutritional requirements. So we tend to feed them at the recommended rate, mixed with some chaff. The horses also get an amount of hay as their roughage; this amount varies depending on whether they’re stabled or in the paddock,” Rohan explains. “We also use Barastoc Groom – obviously it’s great for their coats, however, it’s excellent for their hooves because of the biotin content. It really helps with hoof growth, and as we have quite wet conditions locally here in Gisborne, when we’re looking for something to optimise hoof growth, we add Groom.”
Barastoc Command and Calm Performer are the go-to products for the Luxmoore family; Bells N Whistles thrived on Calm Performer as a staple product during his eventing career, with Command added to his diet in the lead up to major events. “Shady’s traditionally been mainly on Calm Performer because he tends to get a bit exuberant at times. More recently, I’ve been maybe spoiling him a bit. I quite like the new Supreme feed that Barastoc put out, and so does he, so at the moment he’s having a small amount of that. He is a good doer so we don’t overdo it, but he’s doing really well – and feeling really well – with Barastoc Supreme in his diet at the moment,” Rohan explains.
During his years as a Barastoc Ambassador, Rohan has observed the changes and enhancements Barastoc has made to its feeds, and explains the benefits of three additives – Diamond V®XPC, Gastrolize™ and Superfibres™, from a veterinarian’s perspective. “Diamond V, which is included in the Command and Supreme feeds, is a sort of yeast culture. It is a digestive aid, helping the bacteria in the lower gastrointestinal tract, assisting the horse to digest its feed. It also has an antioxidant effect, and helps reduce inflammation and thereby aids immune function.
“Gastrolize, which is also in the Command and Supreme feeds, helps increase the pH, reducing the acid in the horse’s digestive tract. So it acts as a slow-release buffering agent, and that obviously helps reduce any digestive upsets in the horse. It will also help with the acid-base balance in their blood, and calcium and magnesium movement through the blood into the cells.
“Calm Performer and Barastoc Senior contain Superfibres; these are beet pulp, which are a form of really highly digestible fibre. These enhance fermentation in the hind gut, helping promote the good bacteria. It gives the horse some energy in a very safe way, doesn’t include any starch, and does not cause the horse to get hot or fizzy; it just gives them a slow release of energy, which is healthy and beneficial.” EQ