The Equine Industry
We’ve built a 20-year relationship with the equine industry in GCC countries based on trust and reliable quality. Our customers are confident that we deliver the product that is promised, on time, every time.
Adding Synbiont to our company has given us the opportunity to provide food grade safe, nontoxic economical solutions to everyday challenges that face the agricultural industry. Symbiont’s multiple uses for disinfecting throughout the operation plus wound/eye care(pink eye), fly control and odor control.
Western One Agriculture proudly supplies top- quality, food-grade Diatomaceous earth to our GCC country customers. Diatomaceous earth (DE), when used as a feed additive, can improve digestive health and give horses shinier, healthier coats.
Forage is the Base of the Equine Diet
No horse can survive without forage and all horses must consume at least 1% but preferably at least 2% of their body weight every day. Forages come in many forms: cubed, chopped and long stemmed, which is the ideal way to feed. Horses need to chew forage for many reasons, including mental and behavioral health, dental health, increased saliva production to help prevent ulcers and most of all, excellent quality nutrition. The type of horse being fed will dictate which type of forage should be fed. For example, a racehorse will require a forage of super high quality and high caloric density, while a Shetland pony needs a more fibrous, lower calorie forage.
Low Starch Low Sugar Forage
Western One is pleased to offer the most nutrient dense, high quality low starch and low sugar forages. Typically forages that are low in non structural carbohydrates also tend to be of low quality. Many are over mature, have been grown under stressful conditions and/or have been rained on. Forages harvested under these conditions can be low in non structural carbohydrates but also lack protein, vitamin and mineral content. Our low starch/sugar varieties of forage are clean, soft, palatable and nutritious therefor suitable for horses requiring the highest level of nutrient fortification.
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Alfalfa, Medicago Sativa, also called lucerne, is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family cultivated as an important forage crop in many countries around the world. Alfalfa is a legume. Legumes are unique in that their root nodules contain bacteria. Sinohizobium meliloti, that have the ability to fix nitrogen, so that the plant can produce a high-protein feed regardless of how much nitrogen is in the soil. Alfalfa is very palatable to horses and contains high levels of protein, soluble fiber and calcium. It is the best forage for working, breeding and growing horses. It is very useful in the diet of horses that need superior levels of nutrients and high calories.
Orchard grass (Dactylis glomerata L.) is a bunch-type, tall growing, cool-season perennial grass. Orchard grass is fast growing and matures very early in the spring. In the vegetative (leafy) stage, orchard grass is a high-quality forage. Quality declines as the plants approach maturity. Therefore, to obtain high animal performance, harvesting at an early stage of maturity is most desirable. Orchard grass is high in fiber and has a good level of protein, vitamins and minerals. It is suitable for all classes of horses, but is an excellent feed choice for working and producing animals.
This mix is an increasingly popular choice with owners and horses. There are a variety of mixes which can also change depending on the cutting. Ranging from light, 50/50 to heavy alfalfa, the consistency in past years has been excellent. The positive feedback from large farms and stores regarding the palatability, feed efficiency and quality encourages us to keep increasing inventories each year.
Timothy grass (Phleum pratense), is an abundant perennial grass native to most of Europe. It is named after Timothy Hanson, a U.S. farmer and agriculturalist said to have introduced it from New England to the southern states in the early 18th century. Timothy hay is very palatable to horses if it is cut at an earlier stage of maturity. Timothy hay is an excellent choice for all classes of horses, but especially those that require more fiber and lower calories and lower protein levels. It is an excellent choice for easy keepers.