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The optimal gut improver+
Indication for useAs a supplementary concentrate in addition to sufficient roughage (hay and straw) max. 1 kg FiberForce. As a complete feed for horses in a particular condition, experiencing problems with hay intake, max. 2 kg FiberForce.
Packagingbag of 15 kg.
The idea came from a brainstorming session about equine health in nutrition with Cavalor research scientists and nutritionists; it was decided that a high quality feed with a high-fiber, long fiber and low-starch content was needed.
First of all, Cavalor uses two extruded pellets, which are rich in long fibers. This is a unique composition and it is very beneficial to the digestive tract. Secondly, Cavalor uses long fibers (alfalfa stems), which reduce the passage of feed through the digestive tract making all ingredients in the feed more digestible. The Cavalor® FiberForce formula only contains 3% sugar and 5% starch which is the lowest level of starch observed in today’s market. Ex: Hay can contain up to 10-15% of sugar.
There are four crucial components among other important ingredients: 1. Alfalfa stems 2. Extruded fiber pellets 3. Cavalor® Digest Control 4. A specific aroma that stimulates the horse’s appetite
Cavalor® Digest Control is indeed a new supplement used by Cavalor in feed. The supplement has been in field trials for over a year now. We have observed horses with high GOT (or AST) blood values and normal liver and muscle values which indicates a problems in the large intestine. In field trials, these values have decreased by more than 50% in about two-three weeks with the use of Cavalor® Digest Control. The supplement is very beneficial and promotes proper functioning of the large intestine. Other improvements such as, improved protein digestion and lower levels of urea have also been noted. These noted improvements are positive as they help improve liver function and immunity by promoting better functioning of the large intestine.
Cavalor® Digest Control: Quaternary Benzophenanthridine Alkaloids (QBA) & Protopine Alkaloids (PA). The combination of these two ingredients has shown to improve the health of the large intestine through field trials. Field trials showed a 50% drop in High SGOT (AST) blood values in about two-three weeks. Cavalor®Struconcept: Crude fiber: Alfalfa stems (long fibers). Slows the passage of feed through the digestive tract which promotes the digestion of all other ingested ingredients. Cavalor® Pro-Yeast: Pro-biotic. Promotes hindgut health and proper functioning of the large intestine to help reduce the risk of colic. Promotes the digestion of crude fiber and minerals and stimulates the production of B-vitamins which can help horses better utilize the energy provided from the diet. Cavalor® Omega-3: Positively influences immunity and digestion and offers aesthetic qualities like a shinier coat, etc.
Cavalor® FiberForce can be fed as a complete feed to any horse. Ration (per 200 lbs horse weight). Feed as a complete feed for horses with specific conditions, experiencing issues with hay intake, max. 4 lbs Cavalor® FiberForce. Feed as a supplementary concentrate in addition to sufficient roughage (hay/straw), max. 2 lbs Cavalor® FiberForce.
Yes, we recommend this for all Cavalor feeds; minimal of 1.5 lbs. per 200 lbs. of body weight. Cavalor® FiberForce can also be used to dilute stronger/more concentrated Cavalor feeds such as, Cavalor® Endurix and Cavalor® Superforce.
As whole grains are very rich in starch and some grains contain gluten; Cavalor could only reach the low-starch and low-gluten levels by not using whole grains.
Cavalor® FiberForce is high in fat because we need to provide the right energy level so that it can also be fed as a complete feed.
Yes, the feed has been tested during the last eight month's by influential and important university clinics in Belgium (University of Ghent and De Bosdreef, a leading private clinic) as well as in Holland (University of Utrecht). Cavalor® FiberForce has been used and observed mainly in horses with gastrointestinal problems.
No risk at all, Cavalor® FiberForce is very safe. If you are currently using a different brand of low-starch feed, gradually switch to Cavalor® FiberForce (five days minimum).
Stomach Ulcers and other Gastro Intestinal Issues: The long fibers in Cavalor® Struconcept can help reduce the acidity in the stomach. Due to the nature of this feed, it is likely that the associated drop in pH in the horse's stomach will be lower than observed with starchy feeds. Long fibers also help slow the passing of the feed through the digestive tract. Insulin Resistance (IR) and Cushing's Disease: The low levels of sugar and starch in Cavalor® FiberForce (the total sugar/starch content is lower than hay) help avoid rapid absorption of sugar and starch from the small intestine, which usually results in an elevated blood glucose level and a subsequent increase in insulin in the blood. Cavalor® FiberForce feed is designed to release evenly and slowly through out the day to help reduce bursts of insulin in the blood. Laminitis: The high fat content in Cavalor® FiberForce comes from oils not sugar/starch. Fat is a safe energy source for horses sensitive to laminitis. Muscle Disorders (Tying -Up, Myopathy, etc...): Cavalor® FiberForce does not contain whole grains. Whole grains pro¬vide energy in the form of sugar and starch. Starch is broken down in the small intestine and absorbed into the blood¬stream as glucose. Horses fed grain-rich diets may be more likely to develop tying-up than horses fed low-grain and/or fat-supplemented diets.
High performance horses should not be fed Cavalor® FiberForce on its own, however, it can be fed if combined with other feeds such as Cavalor® Perfomix or Cavalor® Endurix. If high performance horses are currently experiencing any of the issues noted above, they can be fed Cavalor® FiberForce alone, but they will be unable to perform at their usual top level.
Sport horses are more prone to gastric ulcers due to stress, as well as metabolic disturbances due to high starch diets and viral infections. Recreation horses are more prone to IR, Cushing’s disease and Laminitis.
Cavalor has only engaged in field trials with university clinics and private clinics in Belgium and Holland. Samples have now arrived in some of the main equine clinics in Dubai for testing. Cavalor is currently negotiating with the University of Kentucky and the University of Ghent to setup scientific research trials for Cavalor® Fiberforce.
"I put Ravel on Cavalor feed products a bit before the World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, and since then, he has more energy and his scores have been higher,"
United States Olympic Dressage Rider
At the beginning of the year 2013 my horse Wodan was suffering from laminitis and he became very skinny due to Cushing’s disease. Sugars and starch were banned in his diet. Thanks to the good medical care of my veterinarian and my farrier, and the diet advice of the equine clinic UGent the downward spiral of his disease was broken. I started with Cavalor® FiberForce, a great low sugar product that even smells delicious. My horse became thicker and stronger. Really great results in such a short period of time.
Thank you, Cavalor, for creating a product that reduces his chance of laminitis relapse and that gave him a chance to survive.
- Kathleen Impe, Belgium
“Cavalor® FiberForce was fed to horses with gastrointestinal problems after extensive veterinary examinations had been carried out (blood, urine, rectal examination, small intestine digestion test, stomach and small intestine endoscopy, abdomen ultrasound scan, small intestine and rectum biopsies) in order to establish an exact diagnosis. Besides the veterinary treatment, the diet was adjusted to include the occasional use of Cavalor® FiberForce. The ingestion of Cavalor® FiberForce went well with most horses. Some horses required a period of habituation.”
Dr Tresemiek Picavet, Dip. ECEIM, Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine, NRGOD [Belgian Order of Veterinarians] KNMVD [Royal Dutch Society of Veterinary Medicine].
De Bosdreef Veterinary Clinic
The De Pelsmaeker family, proud owners of Whippersnapper, were at their wits’ end. Their horse was very thin and they had already tried everything. After consultation with the Veterinary Clinic De Bosdreef, it appeared that Whippersnapper was glucose intolerant, and they could not get it under control.
After contacting Cavalor, a ration of the new Cavalor® FiberForce feed was proposed. Cavalor® FiberForce has the lowest sugar and starch content of all of the commercialized feed mixtures on the market. After 6 weeks, the ration was adjusted to ½ Cavalor® FiberForce and ½ Cavalor® Strucomix Senior. This was supplemented with a course of Cavalor® Digest to regularize the intestinal flora and Cavalor® OilMega to support the animal’s general health.
Four months after the family had given up hope, things are going extremely well with Whippersnapper. So well, in fact, that he is in top form and won the 1.35 m for juniors at CSIJ Lommel [Belgian show jumping event] at the beginning of May!
Congratulations to the owner and also thanks especially to De Bosdreef Veterinary Clinic! If you have a horse with a problem that leaves you in despair, you can always turn to Cavalor for nutritional advice. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.mycavalor.com.
“Many thanks once again for your assistance on Friday. I had almost given up on my horse. He had already eaten no hay for four days and he had also largely ignored his concentrates. He was already so thin because of his illness and it got even worse. Since the start of the Cushing medication, he was showing more serious Cushing symptoms than before.
On Saturday evening, he emptied his feed box (with Cavalor® FiberForce) again for the first time. He is not yet eating the quantity that he requires, but things are a little better with him since the weekend. I am so happy that he is eating a little again.
I will keep you informed and will certainly provide the necessary (verbal) publicity. In fact, if the price is right, I think I will also put my two other horses partly on this feed.”
"I grew up on a farm with an equine veterinarian as a father and cannot remember a time when I did not own horses. I went to college at Auburn University where I earned a BS in Animal Science and my DVM and I have been practicing veterinary medicine for 12 years. When I started playing polo six years ago I fed my horses Purina Strategy. I trusted the company and I was very familiar with their research in animal nutrition. Because I frequently advise my clients not to make changes in an animal's nutrition unless there is a good reason to do so I was very reluctant to make a change myself. A Cavalor representative started talking to me about Cavalor over a year ago but I really was not interested in switching feed as my ponies were doing great. I continued talking to Libby and did some research on my own and began really thinking about my program. I had several older horses, two that were difficult to keep weight on, and another that was frequently choking on her pellets if they weren't fed to her very slowly. Maybe "great" wasn't the right word.
I switched all of my horses to Cavalor three months ago and have been absolutely thrilled. I'm no longer feeding supplements. My thin ones have picked up weight in spite of it being winter. And I have not had a single choking incident. I'm also very happy with how much the horses like it, even the ones that were never good eaters are excited at feeding time.
Thank you Cavalor for your contributions to equine nutrition and thank you to my Cavalor representative, Libby Cifuni for convincing me to make the change."
Martha Bennett, DVM
Senior Clinician - Emergency Service
Emergency Veterinarian Manager
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners - Brentwood, TN
"I have been using Cavalor® feed for two years now. Cavalor® Strucomix Original and Cavalor® Pianissimo balance my horse's diet perfectly. When I first purchased Donatello off the track he was skin and bones. After talking to one of your nutritionists and following their plan along with the Cavalor® Muscle Force supplement my horse gained the couple hundred pounds he needed plus a lovely top line and muscular build! After seeing the difference your feed made, I tell everyone to try Cavalor® and how you have a feed and supplement for every type of horse! I have brought my horse Donatello straight off the track to the preliminary level in less than two years. I am very excited to see what our future holds as his scope and heart is endless! I absolutely adore your company and there is not another feed I would ever want my horses on."
"I see improvements on both of my horses on a daily basis with Cavalor® FiberForce. Juliette (the pinto) had her second trim on 2/6/14 since being on Cavalor® FiberForce. Her feet are starting to look more like a hoof should instead of gnarled growths. Roadie (the dun) injured herself sometime Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. I went out to feed her on Thursday morning and to get her ready for the farrier and noticed she had a gouge on her stifle; when I went to take a picture of it on Saturday, it was already scabbed over. This is not usual for her as she is a very slow healer - One more plus of feeding Cavalor® FiberForce! See the attached images of Juliette's feet and Roadie's wound. Juliette has been worked very lightly under saddle for the past couple of weekends and has done great; her vision seems to be improving daily! Thank you again Cavalor for a product that actually works"
Krista Gruenewald (Surprise, Arizona, USA)
"I've actually gone away from the Cavalor feed and have not been happy at all. My Grand Prix horse stopped eating after we took him off the feed. He's been back on Cavalor for two months and he ravages his grain. I have never seen, in my entire life, a feed put weight on horses like Cavalor Fiberforce. I've had horses come in with poor coat quality and ribby and in a month they are fat and I have to cut them back on feed, and they are in full work!"
Leslie Bean, Dressage, NC
"I had a really ulcery horse that really loves the feed and it's the one thing he'll eat. He nickers for his food and this was a horse you had to chase around with a feed bucket." Valerie Vizcarrondo international eventer
"When I moved from Atlanta to South Carolina I received several clients who were on Cavalor and had had great success. I actually feed less now and the horses look great. They have lots of muscle without looking heavy. What I most liked about the product is I can see what's in the feed. I'm very happy with Cavalor." - Hokan Thorn, Professional Dressage Rider
Cesje is a 25-year-old pony who has suffered from laminitis and diarrhea in recent years. When she moved from a retirement stable to my home, I went in search of a feed with a low starch and sugar content. Because of her age, she needs something extra. That´s how I arrived at FiberForce from Cavalor®. She is crazy about this food and she is also much fitter. Since she gets this feed, she has not once had laminitis and she no longer has diarrhea. She nonetheless eats more grass now. The other ponies do well with hay, grass, and Cavalor® Support.
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Cesje after Cavalor FiberForce:
Additional Information & Education
SAFE FOR YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS HORSE
The low levels of sugar (3%) and starch (5%) in FiberForce avoid the quick absorption of sugars in the small intestine, preventing rapid spikes in blood sugar known to aggravate existing metabolic disorders. This feed is designed to release evenly and slowly throughout the day to help reduce bursts of insulin in the blood, making it safe for horses prone to laminitis, ulcers, tying-up, equine polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) or other muscle disorders.
ENERGY FROM FATS
Horses performing aerobic activity use oxygen to draw energy from fat sources. Fat is an important component for the diet of a horse performing in any endurance sport. It's important to provide the proper amounts of fat in the horse's diet, as research indicates there is little difference between the effectiveness of a diet with 7-8% fat or many of the high fat formulas currently available.
The stems of alfalfa are high fiber and can help reduce the acidity in the stomach. The long stems encourage horses to chew, which helps them produce more saliva. Saliva helps buffer acid production in the stomach. Long fibers also help slow the passage of feed through the digestive tract.