Do you want your horse to switch to Metazoa in a healthy way? Then use our reset protocol.
When you switch your horse to Metazoa, you and your horse will have to get used to it. Therefore, we have developed a protocol that allows you to choose to which level you want to go:
Level 1: supplement the current feed with FitRight vitamins and minerals
Level 2: Cut the sweet chunks down to half size
Level 3: roughage, FitRight and HP23 as the basic menu
You can either switch completely to Metazoa or, for example, only choose to supplement level 1 or 2. You decide, because as a rider you know your horse better than anyone and also the animal itself will naturally indicate what is good for him or her. Besides Metazoa products, you always keep feeding your horse roughage. This is the basis of the feed menu. The nutrients that roughage lacks, Metazoa supplements. Our NaturalFit products are natural versions of roughage. Completely free from unnecessary additives. By following the three steps of this approach, you will give your horse a smooth transition to a responsible menu. But first, let's explain why that is.
Until humans began farming 14,000 years ago, horses roamed the wild. No grains were grown and spelt and wheat did not yet exist. Nowadays, many horses are fed kilos of grains and their digestion has not adapted to this during evolution. The problem is that grains contain starches, which consist of chains of glucose molecules that have to be broken down. This is done by an enzyme called amylase. Horses do not produce enough amylase to properly digest the starch in grains. The result: the undigested starch molecules end up in the large intestine, where bad intestinal bacteria break them down. In the process, toxins are formed that affect intestinal health and can thus cause a range of health problems in the animal. The connection between poor intestinal health and a sick horse is not made by everyone. Horses are therefore designed to burn fat, which provides energy evenly, so that the muscles work from rest and strength rather than short bursts. A well-balanced menu for horses therefore consists for the most part of roughage (hay and/or grass). But this does not provide as much variety as grazing in the wild. There are far fewer grasses, various herbs and other food sources (trees/tree bark/shrubs/mushrooms/clay minerals) in it than actually needed. With our current roughage alone, your animal can become deficient in minerals, vitamins and other important substances such as proteins. Besides roughage, horses are often fed muesli, pellets and slobber containing grains, molasses and soya. This gives the horse a lot of ballast substances which can cause health and behavioral problems. Your horse is used to it and likes it, but it is not good for the digestive tract and overall metabolism. In practice, in addition to 2% of body weight in dry matter from roughage, your horse needs supplementation with high-quality, precisely formulated minerals and vitamins for optimal immune system function. And proteins (HP23) for building muscles, ligaments, tendons and organs. This is even more important for horses that are used for training. This is the basis of the Metazoa method. Supplements that complement what your horse lacks in today's roughage. As natural as possible and above all without harmful ballast substances. The great thing is that a horse indicates his own needs for minerals and vitamins. Especially of the Superfit products (minerals and vitamins) the horse will eat a lot in the beginning. As soon as the deficiencies are made up, the horse will reduce its intake automatically. This can vary from week to week, because it is a natural process. The faster the horse eats, the more minerals it needs. To help you it is advisable to follow the following steps of the protocol.
What are you going to do? You are now going to slowly phase out the last half of the old basic pellet until your horse is fully on roughage and Superfit and HP23. Observe carefully how fast your horse eats the feed. If it eats quickly, it needs more minerals. Keep track of your horse's weight by calculating it using the formula ((Chest circumference in cm)² x (Length in cm) / 11,880 = Horse weight in kg). You can give grain and sugar free muesli as an extra treat and esparcette pellets as a support for the intestinal flora. Do you want to give him a treat? Then give him as a small reward our healthy grain-free Metazoa Snax horse treats, for example for during or after training.
250 grams FitRight Lucerne, Esparcette or Timothy per day
500 grams of HP23 per day
Supplementary 200 grams of esparcette pellets per day for building up the intestinal flora
500 to 2000 grams of grain-free, soy-free, molasses-free and GMO-free muesli as an extra
Healthy horse treats as a reward
What can you notice? Your horse is less likely to get gas colic and his coat will shine more, even during the molt. In addition, some horses will suffer from lumps and stripes on the skin for a few days to a few weeks. This is due to the removal of accumulated waste and is therefore not an allergy. If necessary, you can postpone the phasing out until the effect has disappeared. It may be that your horse has an underlying problem that comes to light now that the immune system is better able to do its work. If so, contact us so we can refer you to a nutritionist or a veterinarian
NaturalFit Alfalfa This is only the structural and fiber-rich stalk of the alfalfa plant. By chewing a lot, the horse produces more saliva. With a positive effect on digestion.
NaturalFit Esparcette Besides an esparcette pellet, you can also choose the whole esparcette plant to support the intestinal flora.
CareFit Timothy Timothy is a type of grass (Phleum Pratense). The whole plant is mowed, dried and pressed into a pellet. It has a low sugar content and a lower protein content than alfalfa.