When Feeding More Is a Good Idea
If you’re just starting out with Rose-Hip Vital Equine, you’ve no doubt read about our recommended initial loading dose, which ensures your horse starts our program with an added kick, and can enjoy the amazing benefits much sooner.
After this initial four-week period, your horse’s daily dose drops to a maintenance dose (we’ll have more information on how this all breaks down later on!). However, there may be times when you feel the initial loading period of four weeks isn’t enough time. Perhaps you’re not seeing your horse benefitting as quickly as expected, or perhaps your horse is recovering from injury, and four weeks isn’t long enough to assist with their recovery.
Rest assured that if you choose to carry on with the loading dose for an extended period of time, or you decide to re-introduce it later on down the track, it’s perfectly safe to do so.
WHY WE HAVE A LOADING DOSE
Simply put, our loading dose is a system kickstarter.
An enhanced initial dose ensures that your horse enjoys the benefits much sooner, and that you’ll be able to notice improvements much faster.
An independent study of sixteen randomly selected horses found that those initially fed the loading dose 50g (1.8oz) of Rose-Hip Vital, experienced the benefits significantly faster than those horses only fed the maintenance dose 25g (0.9oz).
Periods of excessive exercise, which led to increased oxygen consumption, were also found to benefit from a higher dose of Rose-Hip Vital by the same study.
Based on the research, we recommended feeding the loading dose for the first four weeks. The loading dose is double the recommended daily maintenance dose for your horse, based on their weight range. For an average 500kg (1102lb) horse, this loading dose will be 50g (1.8oz), or 2 scoops (based on 10g (0.35oz) per 100kg (220lb) bodyweight). After four weeks, this dose drops to 25g (0.9oz), or 1 scoop (based on 5g (0.17oz) per 100kg (220lb) bodyweight).
We have a great calculator here to save you from doing the maths!
WHY YOU MIGHT EXTEND, OR RE-INTRODUCE, YOUR HORSE’S LOADING DOSE
The Weather is Cooler
Some studies even indicate that Vitamin C levels in a horse’s blood can drop by up to 25% in the cooler months of autumn.
Supplementing your horse’s diet during these cooler months with a loaded dose of Rose-Hip Vital Equine ensures they benefit from increased levels of antioxidants and naturally-occurring Vitamin C; a non-synthetic, bioavailable immunity-booster.
Your Horse is Recovering from Exercise, Training or Competition
Your Horse is Travelling for Competition
Travelling to and from competition can put increased strain on your horse’s system. Some horses will even go off their feed after spending extended periods of time on the road.
Increasing to the loading dose can ensure your horse’s vitamin and mineral intake is supplemented while travelling. Rose-Hip Vital Equine is also incredibly palatable to horses (we have an article describing how much they love the taste right here) and can act as an appetite stimulant. This ensures their diet doesn’t suffer on the road, leading to a weakened performance when it truly counts.
Your Horse is Older
Your Horse is Suffering from an Advanced or Severe Condition
We often hear of horses suffering from severe immune-mediated or inflammatory conditions, and their owners are struggling to bring them some relief.
Rose-Hip Vital is the exclusive provider of the inflammation-fighting galactolipid, GOPO®. By bolstering your horse’s intake of this powerful active compound, your horse can experience enhanced recovery from a vast range of inflammation-mediated conditions.
High levels of antioxidants and naturally-occurring vitamin C, a powerful antihistamine, also help to boost cell regeneration and improve your horse’s immune response.
Any Situation of Increased Strain or Stress
HOW TO DECIDE ON THE RIGHT DOSE FOR YOUR HORSE
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