Whether you have a work horse, a show horse or a family pet, IFA has a feed that will meet its nutritional needs. IFA has a complete line of highly digestible Horse feeds with just the right amount of protein, fat, fiber, minerals, vitamins, etc. In addition to the IFA fine line of horse feeds, we distribute and recommend the use of MannaPro and Purina..
- When changing feed, change gradually over a 5-7 day period.
- Be aware that most feeds are not “COMPLETE FEEDS” and additional fiber, usually hay, will need to be added. Read the label on the feed.
- Provide a regular supply of fresh, clean water, plain salt, and adequate forage/fiber at all times. DO NOT allow hot, exercised horses free access to water until they have cooled-down.
- Most feed should not be fed “Free choice”. Divide the grain ration into 2 or more feedings per day and maintain a regular feeding schedule.
- Not all feeds can be fed “cross-species”. Some feed, for example, is too high in copper to be fed to sheep.
- Feed is perishable and so it should be stored in a cool, dry area away from rodents and insects.
- DO NOT offer any feed that is spoiled, moldy, rodent or insect infested, or abnormal in appearance or odor.
- Watch out for “Trends” or the latest and greatest feeding ideas. These trends may, or may not, have any sound nutritional basis to support the claims they may be making.
IFA HORSE FEED and the Intermountain area
There are many benefits to living in the Intermountain area. Certainly one benefit is the high quality hay that is grown here. This hay is, among other things, high in protein and calcium. In mammals, calcium and phosphorus work together in balance with each other. High levels of calcium affect the absorption of phosphorus. Because the IFA feed is formulated and manufactured here in the Intermountain West, we focus on all the unique needs of our area.
Grains and other plant proteins that are processed in just the right way allow the horse to digest and absorb the maximum amount of nutrients from the feed. The IFA steam flaking process presents the feed in a way that allows the horse to utilize the maximum amount of naturally existing nutrients. The process of steam flaking soybeans and corn, include high temperature steam for an extended period of time, then the bean or grain is directed through a flaking press which compresses the product to improve nutrient absorption. Similar science is used in preparing human food. For example, carrots that are made into “baby food” are much easier to digest then a fresh carrot.
Over the past few years, there has been a great deal of research done on minerals and vitamins. Minerals are inorganic compounds that are required in all living organisms. Processes are available that connect amino acids to these inorganic compounds to create “organic minerals” or chelated minerals. These chelated minerals have a much higher absorption rate in the animal. In addition, if the mineral is attached to an essential amino acid such as Methionine or Lysine the mineral becomes very high quality and thus improves the overall feed. On the label it will read something like this, “Copper Lysine Complex,” which means that this Copper has been attached to the amino acid Lysine. “Copper Amino acid Chelate” means that the mineral Copper has been chelated to an amino acid but this does not mention which amino acid is involved. Chelated minerals are not found in many national brand feeds because of the added cost to the final product. All of the IFA Premium Horse feeds have Chelated minerals in the blends.
Little things like these make a big difference in the world of equine nutrition. When selecting an equine feed, consider the activity level of the horse, the age of the horse, the size of the horse and the breed of the horse. IFA has nutritionists just a phone call away to answer your basic or in-depth questions.