All the information on horse supplements can be a little overwhelming, if you’re not sure what you’re looking at. With a better understanding of the obligatory and voluntary text on supplements you can ensure all your horses nutritional needs are looked after.
As a horse owner you have a duty of care to ensure your horse’s nutritional well-being; part of this is to be informed about what your horse is eating. Few horse owners now prepare their horses rations from raw materials, which makes understanding the ingredients slightly more complex, but not necessarily more difficult to achieve
Supplement manufacturers are legally obliged to declare the contents of horse supplements on the product container (bag, bucket, tub, bottle or otherwise), which means the information on ingredients is readily available. It may, however, be difficult to interpret the information, as the presentation style can be confusing with various headings and subheadings. Consequently, it can be challenging to ascertain if the product you are feeding is appropriate for your horse. Furthermore, as different companies have different presentation styles it can be difficult to make a meaningful comparison between product choices.
Below is a short guide to the obligatory and voluntary text on equine supplements.
1. Statutory Inclusions
All labels have a number of statutory inclusions, required by legislation within the EU:
These standard details verify the producer of the product and help trace the production of the product. All reputable companies include these details as required. A supplement without these minimum details is highly suspicious in origin and content.
With regard to the supplement itself, the following items must also be declared:
The composition of a supplement, lists the materials or ingredients in the product in descending order by weight.
3. Analytical Constituents
5. Product Description
6. Feeding Directions
On the front label you may see logos such as the below.
Careful reading of supplement labels is advised. The labels provide a large amount of information, which the owner can use to ensure they are using the product correctly and for the appropriate requirements of their horses.
Outside of the statutory requirements on the labels, there may be additional information on the label. Although voluntary, this information must still comply with legislative requirements and must not include medicinal or outlandish claims.
If you’ve got any queries about your feeding regime, ask our expert team.