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Munch Fibre Block
The horse evolved as a browsing herbivore, covering a great distance each day whilst nibbling at the variety of grasses and shrubs on the way. Horses like to select their food, but in modern feeding, diets tend to remain the same mix of forage and hard feed, and in doing so, the variety they are hard wired to look for, is restricted.
Munch is based on fibre, the natural foundation of a horse’s daily diet.
Adding one or two to the daily diet will not cause digestive upset, in fact being based on fibre, adding Munch to the diet only adds more of what a horse is naturally designed to digest.
Firstly, it is difficult to over feed Munch because they take so long to eat, and with sealed packaging it is hard for a horse to “steal” one!
Munch fibre base and low energy and sugar contents mean that if excess numbers are eaten there is a low risk of digestive upset.
However if Munch is accidentally over-fed, four blocks would equal a super-dose of the various vitamins and minerals, but not at levels that will cause harm.
Yes, Munch is designed to be a complementary addition to the diet. When used as an occasional snack there is no need to change your usual supplement feeding.
Yes, lightly damped with a litre of water and left for ten minutes, an individual Munch fibre block will soften and fluff up so that horses with poor dentition can easily bite into it. You can use warm water for to soak it for a treat in winter. Ensure soaked munch is fed immediately, to prevent moulds developing.
Yes, up to 1 block per day. For very overweight ponies, reduce the hay allocation by 1kg per Munch.
Munch will keep for up to a week after opening but should be stored in a cool dry place. Uncovered Munch will absorb moisture from the atmosphere and will soften and expand. if you have soaked munch it does need to be fed straight away.
- Munch can be used as part of the dietary management of horses and ponies at risk of, or prone to, laminitis.
- Munch is low energy so can be used in low energy or restricted diets.
- Munch is low sugar -low soluble carbohydrate diets are recommended for laminitis risk animals.
- Munch is fortified – additional vitamins and minerals will top up reduced supply from a restricted diet.
Donkeys, cows, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs can all enjoy vitamunch® safely. Sheep are common equine companions but find any additional copper in the diet toxic, and so vitamunch is not recommended for them. Goats do not exhibit the same intolerance to copper as sheep but are not in turn as tolerant as horses and cows at handling excess. Therefore care should be taken not to allow goats free access to vitamunch. If using vitamunch for a horse that has a goat or sheep as a stable companion, consider feeding the vitamunch in a munch net out of the reach of their ovine or caprine friend.
The alfalfa content is 3.25% of each block.
Yes you can feed it just before riding. The rate of intake of munch is relatively slow and so the volumes entering the digestive tract will be relatively low too.
a. The first issue with feeding a large meal before exercise is that it diverts blood flow from the extremities (i.e. muscles) to digestive tract. The little and often mode of eating of Munch means that this is not an issue.
b. A second issue is that large meals bind a lot of water which adds to the weight a horse is carrying, again the relatively low intake means that this is not an issue either.