“ Brand: Baileys / Food Type: Horse feed „
We started feeding Lo-cal balancer after one of our ponies had suffered Laminitis, and had to be on restricted grazing. We wanted to ensure he still got all his daily vitamins and minerals, but without the sugars and calories that other feeds would contain. We put all of our then three ponies, including our foal at the time, on the same balancer because they are all prone to getting overweight being moorland ponies.
Our mare had very poor quality hooves and we noticed a dramatic improvement in them which our trimmer confirmed not long after we first started feeding Lo-cal. We feed it to all our horses and ponies (now 13 ranging from 10hh Dartmoor hill pony to 17hh Eventer) to top up their feeds and so the ponies think they are getting a bucket feed just like the horses. We feed it with equibeet and this means they can have a substantial amount of feed without the calories that a similar sized traditional feed would give.
Lo-cal is a cost effective way to feed our animals and ensure they are all getting the nutrients they need without having to rely on individual expensive supplements. Because of the number of horses we have, we go through it quite quickly (feeding recommended amounts) but a bag used to last the three ponies 1 month. At £23 per bag it works out far cheaper than other top feed balancers but gives pretty much the same result.
Bailey's No. 14 Lo-Cal Balancer is a feed designed to provide all the vitamins a horse needs without adding to its calorific intake. It can be fed alongside other feeds or on its own, making it ideal to keep working horses in good condition but also aid hoof repair in horses recovering from laminitis. It also contains Yea-Sacc1026 yeast culture which improves the efficiency of the gut, meaning the horse is more able to benefit from any additional feed or forage. Most importantly this feed is non-heating, useful for the excitable types!
It retails at around £23 and comes in a 20 kg, double-thickness yellow paper bag with the Bailey's logo on the front in blue. With one horse eating two coffee mugs per day, it lasts me around two months. Feeding and nutritional information is clearly printed on the back of the bag and if you have any questions, they also provide the phone number for their feeding hotline. . It is a pelleted feed which readily absorbs water, so it is recommended to keep it somewhere dry like inside a plastic bin.
When I bought my part-bred Arab she was in need of a few extra pounds especially along her topline. After putting her on a good quality cereal I needed something that would give her all the vitamins she needed without being heating or giving her any extra energy - she was quite the handful in the beginning! After feeding the Lo-Cal balancer for a few weeks I began to notice a sparkle in her coat (she's predominantly grey so will never be truly shiny like darker horses!) and even my farrier commented on her good quality hooves! The cereal has since been replaced but the balancer has stayed and I don't think I will ever stop using it.
I find it to be really good value, especially since there are other balancers on the market which retail at rather considerably more, but do the same job. It is always worth keeping an eye on magazines and the bailey's website, as there are sometimes offers or money-off vouchers too.
A nutrient dense pellet containing a minimal carbohydrate content.