Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) – munch

varieties & netsWhat are the additions used to make vitamunch?

vitamunch® snacks are enriched with essential vitamins and minerals, together with added horse favourite herbs in two varieties

– Heavenly Hedgerow with added Rosehips, Hawthorn Leaf and Cleavers.

– Marvellous Meadow with added Dandelion, Red Clover and Nettle.

What is the energy value of vitamunch?

vitamunch snacks are low energy – they have the same energy content as timothy hay, i.e. a digestible energy content of 8.0MJ/kg.

This means vitamunch will not add unnecessary calories to the diet of your horse or pony.

What is the feeding recommendation

Horses and ponies over 400kg, bodyweight: up to 2 blocks per day, Below 400kg: 1 block per day.

Can I add vitamunch to my horse’s diet without causing digestive upset – what about the rule of feeding that says make changes gradually?

VitaMUNCH 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 vitamunch to the diet only adds more what a horse is naturally designed to digest.

Can vitamunch be over fed – what is the limit per day?

Firstly, it is difficult to over feed vitamunch because they take so long to eat, and with sealed packaging it is hard for a horse to “steal” one!

vitamunch 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 vitamunch is accidentally over-fed, four blocks would equals a super-dose of the various vitamins and minerals, but not at levels that will cause harm.

I am already using a supplement, can I still use vitamunch?

Yes, VitaMUNCH 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 regimen.

Can vitamunch be fed soaked?

Yes, lightly damped with a litre of water and left for ten minutes, an individual VitaMUNCH will soften and fluff up so that horses with poor dentition can easily bite into it.

Will any of the nutritional content be lost if soaked for too long?

The objective of soaking should be to soften or loosen the vitamunch so that nibbling is easier. In this way no nutritional value is lost, although a soaked block should be fed immediately – long delays between soaking and feeding can mean, as with any feed, that moulds can develop.

Can vitamunch be fed to small ponies (and what about miniature Shetlands?)

Yes, up to 1 block per day. For very overweight ponies, reduce the hay allocation by one slice per VitaMUNCH.

Always snack responsibly!

Once opened, how long will vitamunch keep fresh?

VitaMUNCH will keep for up to a week after opening but should be stored in a cool dry place. Uncovered VitaMUNCHes will absorb moisture from the atmosphere and soften and expand.

Can I feed vitamunch to laminitics?

A laminitis-risk animal can lead a really quiet life indoors with not much to eat. For an example a fat Welsh pony on a restricted diet could receive as little as 2 slices of hay, a scoop of balancer and a scoop of a special laminitis fibre feed.

Such meagre proportions may be effective against laminitis but can mean long periods without food. Horses are born snackers in that they are designed to eat 24/7 – so actively managed laminitis-prone animals can end up munching for far less time than the 16-18 hours a free-ranging horse would, with associated behavioural and gastric health consequences.

  • vitamunch® can be used as part of the dietary management of horses and ponies at risk of or prone to, laminitis.
  • vitamunch® is low energy so can be used in low energy or restricted diets.
  • vitamunch® is low sugar -low soluble carbohydrate diets are recommended for laminitis risk animals.
  • vitamunch® is fortified – additional vitamins and minerals will top up reduced supply from a restricted diet.

Can I feed vitamunch to other animals?

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.

How much alfalfa is there in the vitamunch?

The alfalfa content is 3.25% of each block

Can vitamunch be fed before riding?

Yes you can feed it just before riding. The rate of intake of vitamunch is relatively slow and so the volumes entering the digestive tract will be relatively low too –

  1. 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 Vitamunch means that this is not an issue.
  2. 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.

What is the nutritional content of vitamunch?

Nutrient Unit Value

Major nutrients

Crude protein % 9

Crude oil % 1.8

Crude fibre % 30

Crude ash % 6

Total sugars % 8

Major Minerals

Calcium % 0.8

Phosphorus % 0.3

Magnesium % 0.15

Sodium % 0.4

Trace elements

Copper mg/kg 50

Zinc mg/kg 200

Manganese mg/kg 200

Iodine mg/kg 1.85

Selenium mg/kg 0.5

Vitamins

Vitamin A IU/kg 12000

Vitamin D3 IU/kg 2000

Vitamin E mg/kg 500

Vitamin C mg/kg 500

Thiamin B1 mg/kg 25

Riboflavin B2 mg/kg 25

Pyridoxine B6 mg/kg 5

Pantothenic mg/kg 25

Nicotinic acid mg/kg 25

Folate mg/kg 10

Biotin mg/kg 7.5

Vitamin B12 ug/kg 100

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