Horses are trickle feeders, which mean they would naturally spend 75% of their time eating. This ensures that their digestive system works at its best but sometimes daily routine or weight issues may result in their diet being restricted, and your horse not getting to snack as much as they would like!
Fleximunch is a high quality, 1kg formed block of slow dried Timothy grass so to maintain a fresh and succulent flavour. The blocks are then enriched with Glucosamine, MSM and Rosehips, Ginger and Boswelia which are well known for their joint supporting properties. Fleximunch blocks can be used in conjunction with the regular diet, and are particularly useful:
- As a reward after hard work, or after hammering on roads or hard ground
- As a treat for veteran horses and ponies
- As part of your competition horse’s diet
The low sugar content of Vita makes them an ideal snack or boredom breaker for horses or ponies prone to laminitis or obesity, and the airtight packaging not only means that they last for a year, but also maintains that ‘just harvested’ smell and freshness.
Ways to feed Fleximunch
Fleximunch blocks are a great way of helping your horse with their daily fibre intake, and can be fed in a number of ways to both extend your horse’s eating time, and keep them entertained:
- Can be fed wet or dry
- Can be fed in the stable, field or when travelling
- Feed in our specially designed Munch Net
- Place Fleximunch in the middle of a full haynet for an added surprise for your horse!
Fleximunch has been developed to provide a healthy snack for your horse, that’s low calorie, high fibre, low sugar and cereal free, making it suitable for all horses and ponies. The Timothy grass has been slow dried at a low temperature, allowing the hay to maintain a fresh, succulent flavour, as well as nutrient levels.
For more information about Fleximunch, how they’re made and for more nutrition information, visit our Wellbeing Centre and Munch FAQs, as well as our Nutrition Quality Policy for all of our nutrition products.
As Fleximunch contains MSM, can I feed Fleximunch to competition horses?
Yes, riders can continue to use MSM-containing products in their competition horse diets, such as Equilibrium FlexiMunch.
Is MSM included in the proposed additions to the FEI Prohibited substances list in 2018?
The FEI will shortly publish its list of prohibited substances for 2018. In June, when the provisional list was published, concerns were raised regarding the naming of MSM as a banned substance.
The proposed amendment for 2018 proposed a reclassification of Dimethyl Sulphone (DMS), from “Banned Substance” to “Banned Substance and Specified Substance”. The accompanying guidance stated “Dimethyl sulphone is often referred to as MSM”; this was the first mention of MSM in relation to prohibited substances, even though it had been on the list for some time under its little used alias of Dimethyl Sulphone
Given that MSM use is commonplace in equine diets, and feed rates can be up to 20g per day, and there have been no positives in the time that DMS has been listed as a banned substance, this suggested that there has always been a generous screening limit.
The FEI has since confirmed this – they use a high Harmonised Performance Level, which is an agreed reporting level between the different FEI testing laboratories, for monitoring DMS/MSM in blood and urine samples. The FEI’s principal reason for listing DMS/MSM appears to be that MSM is also the major metabolite of a compound known as DMSO, that is also a banned substance, and which is used in some therapeutic preparations, such that a very high level of MSM could indicate inappropriate use of DMSO.
The FEI has stated that it would be highly unlikely that the normal use of MSM would cause a positive MSM finding, which means that riders can continue to use MSM-containing products in their competition horse diets, such as Equilibrium FlexiMunch.