Equi-Jewel was developed by Kentucky Performance Products to safely meet the energy needs of today’s horses. It reduces the risk of digestive upset and supports optimal muscle function, while providing the calories your horse needs to thrive.
The fat found in rice bran is an extraordinary source of dietary energy. In fact, fat contains more than two times the energy that carbohydrates and proteins do, thereby fueling horses more efficiently. Fat is considered a “cool” feedstuff because it does not cause the hormone spikes that lead to excitability. Adding stabilized rice bran to your horse’s diet allows you to decrease the amount of starchy concentrates (grains) you feed, reducing the risk of colic and laminitis resulting from grain overload. It is an excellent source of energy for horses struggling with RER (tying up) and PSSM.
Equi-Jewel’s high-fat, low-starch formula is designed to increase the energy density of a ration by adding calories. It is intended to help maintain weight on hard-to-keep horses and horses with elevated energy demands, such as intensely worked equine athletes, broodmares in early lactation, and growing horses. For horses requiring low starch/sugar diets, Equi-Jewel is an excellent source of calories.
Research shows that when fat is utilized as an energy source, performance horses have more stamina and recover faster from intense exercise. In growing horses, a decrease in developmental bone disease problems have been noted. The essential fatty acids contained in Equi-Jewel contribute to healthy skin and a gleaming coat in all horses. The fat in Equi-Jewel is highly digestible and efficiently utilized.
Heat-stabilized rice bran
Calcium carbonate (limestone)
Rice bran that is heat-stabilized is safer to feed than raw bran. Equi-Jewel undergoes a unique heat stabilization process that ensures its freshness. Unlike some other rice bran products, Kentucky Performance Products does not use chemicals during stabilization. Instead, the rice bran is subjected to intense heat and pressure that inactivates fat-destroying enzymes. Stabilization eliminates the possibility of rancidity and does not alter the nutritional content of the rice bran.
Concentrates (grains, sweet feeds, and pelleted feeds) are fed to horses to deliver appropriate levels of energy and micronutrients. Large volumes of concentrates must be fed to some horses to meet their energy requirements. There are, however, downsides to feeding large amounts of concentrates, including predisposing horses to life-threatening illnesses like colic and founder. To offset these potential risks, horsemen often use energy-dense supplements such as stabilized rice bran to decrease the amount of concentrate fed while simultaneously boosting calorie consumption.
Fat is an extraordinary source of dietary energy. In fact, fat contains more than two times the energy that carbohydrates and proteins do, thereby fueling horses more efficiently. Fat is considered a “cool” feedstuff because it does not cause horses to become excitable, as is often the case with horses that consume large amounts of starch-rich concentrates.
Rice bran has become a favorite fat supplement among owners and trainers of performance horses. Research has proven that fat is a superior energy source when compared to high-starch grains and commercial concentrates. Scientific studies have shown that, during strenuous exercise, horses fed fat had lower lactic acid levels than horses fed high-starch feeds. Because lactic acid causes muscle fatigue, horses fed fat had improved stamina. When rice bran (Equi-Jewel) was substituted for corn oil in rations, horses had lower heart rates, more stamina, and subsequent shorter recovery periods
In broodmares, studies have shown that mares in good condition and positive energy balance (those who are not skinny or losing weight) have better conception rates. Adding rice bran to the diet allows breeders to keep mares in better condition without the risk of grain overload. Rice bran has been shown to improve fertility rates in both mares and stallions.
Growing horses raised on high-fat, high-fiber, low-starch diets exhibit a lower incidence of developmental orthopedic disease.
In its natural state, rice bran is richer in phosphorus than in calcium. Excessive phosphorus in the diet inhibits calcium absorption, which may compromise skeletal integrity or induce developmental orthopedic disease. To increase the calcium content, ground limestone is added to the rice bran in Equi-Jewel. Because Equi-Jewel is balanced, you can add it to any ration without worrying about causing an unhealthy mineral imbalance.
To achieve superior coat condition, heat-stabilized rice bran can be supplemented to horses of all ages. It is a highly digestible and palatable source of unsaturated fat for horses. Fats are composed of glycerol and essential fatty acids, elements linked to elastic skin and glossy hair coats.
Feed 1-2 lb daily with current ration.
Store Equi-Jewel in a cool, dry place and reseal bag during storage. Shelf life is 18 months from date of manufacture when stored under suitable conditions.
In addition to the original meal, Equi-Jewel is available as a pellet. The pellet allows for quick mixing with a concentrate and makes it more difficult for horses to sort the pellets from other components of a concentrate.