A Breakthrough in Horse Health Care Hard Keeper™ Solution is designed to help horses gain and maintain weight and develop beautiful skin and coat. Feeding extra grain to boost calories can lead to digestive upset and other hazards, and may not help the horse achieve and maintain optimum weight. Instead, Hard Keeper™ Solution feeds slow-burning calories in the form of easily digested fats, to significantly increase energy intake without making the horse “hot” or unthrifty. Hard Keeper™ also supplies the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are so important for skin and coat condition. It's the perfect solution for show horses, and for any horse that needs help with weight maintenance or coat condition.
Feed Fat For a Slower Metabolism Fat levels in conventional horse diets are typically less than 5%, but numerous studies show that horses can thrive on diets that are as much as 12% fat. A pound of fat yields 2 to 2˝ times the energy of a pound of grain. Supplementing fat can increase the digestible energy content of the diet without the risk of digestive disturbance that can result from increased grain. Energy from fat is burned more slowly, improving the horse’s ability to maintain a positive energy balance and tending to slow the metabolism.
How Does it Work? Research shows that when fat is added to the feed, especially in the range of 10 to 15% of total diet, the horse’s metabolism adapts to take advantage of the slower-burning energy source. Added dietary fat is usually most beneficial to show horses, horses performing sustained aerobic exercise, and horses in need of improved weight retention.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and More Hard Keeper™ Solution is a pleasing blend of grains, fats, and flax seed meal, a rich source of alpha linolenic acid (ALA) and other essential Omega-3 fatty acids. Scientists study Omega-3 fatty acids for their role in maintaining immune balance in the epidermis and for their beneficial impact on prostaglandin activity. Hard Keeper™ Solution also replenishes six beneficial direct-fed microbial cultures, including Lactobacillus acidophilus.
Recommended Feeding For enhancing condition of skin and coat, feed one scoop (2 oz) daily. For weight gain and maintenance, feed 2 scoops (4 oz) or more daily. Increase feeding of large breeds proportionately according to body weight in excess of 1,000 pounds. Horses in heavy training or performance may be fed 6 or more ounces daily.