Spurwing has led the way in the use of Full Fat Soya. It is contained in all rations. Fat contains 2.5 times the amount of digestible energy than that of carbohydrates and protein. Increasing the fat level in the diet makes for an energy dense ration. This is important particularly at tournaments and competitions when the horse may be slightly off its feed and a lowered intake must cater for its full energy requirements. American research has shown increased performance from horses fed a lower amount of highly digestible, energy dense, oil enriched feed. A calming source of cool energy, full fat soya is extruded to increase the digestibility of the soya, making Omega 3 & Omega 6 and Vitamin E readily available for absorption. Extensive scientific research has show that the addition of these fatty acids to the daily feed ration produces exceptionally good results, such as:

  • Increasingly good physical condition, overall improvement in body condition and a shiny coat.

  • Greater staying power (due to glycolic-sparing effect).

  • Better feed conversion (more energy out of few kilograms of feed)

  • Reduced sweating and loss of electrolytes. 

  • A marked decrease in muscle stiffness. 

  • Reduced liver and digestive problems.

  • Increased milk production and fat content of the mares milk, which produces foals showing a greater weight gain. 

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Our oats are lightly processed by rolling, to increase the surface area for the stomach enzymes to work on the germ. Oats are then easily digestible and provide a good source of protein, fat and starch.


Relatively high in niacin, riboflavin and thiamine, and very palatable. Bran is a good source of energy. 

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An outstanding source of energy and relatively high in Vitamin A & E and starch, all our maize is extruded to enhance digestibility and absorption. 


We never use raw maize in our rations.


A very nutritious by-product of maize milling. Hominy chop is higher in fat than maize and is a good source of protein. 


An extremely useful by-product from the extraction of soya bean oil. Soya oil cake is extruded with highly digestible amino acids.  

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Lucerne is a source of high-quality protein which provides building blocks for tissue repair, growth, cell renewal and muscle building. Lucerne provides the essential amino acids such as Lysine and Methionine and is a natural source of calcium, magnesium and vitamin A & E. Lucerne should contain a high percentage of leaf material and fine stems. When cut to the optimum fibre length, Lucerne stimulates chewing and the production of saliva, which helps to neutralise gastric acid, and promotes a slower rate of intake for improved digestibility. Lucerne is also highly palatable and a delicious treat.    

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A good forage for horses, it is high in fibre and is highly palatable. Oat hay is quite low in protein but can be high in simple sugars. 

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In Spurwing Paddock Plus, we make use of a fibre called Red Grass Hay, which is locally sourced. It is high in fibre and low in non-structural carbohydrates. It also promotes chewing which increases the production of saliva. Salvia contains bicarbonate which helps to buffer gastric acid in the stomach. This helps to prevent ulcers. 

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Useful in small doses, molasses does have its benefits -increased palatability, energy, and nutrients. We, do however, try to actively keep our molasses inclusion low.

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