Horse Block Lick
Horses that are active (such as racehorses, show jumpers
and saddle-horses) always have to be in perfect, healthy
condition. This fact obviously increases the nutritional
requirements of horses.
Owners and trainers of competitive horses feed their
chargers for optimal physical performance, condition
and health. Criteria for horse nutrition are somewhat
different from criteria for the nutrition of beef cattle and
sheep, where the emphasis is on growth and carcass
quality. Although there are many similarities between
horse and livestock nutrition, the correct feeding of a
performance horse remains a highly specialized science.
An athlete’s performance depends on the conversion
of energy into various types of intensities of motion.
Performance horses need nutrients to support the
biochemical conversion of energy into specific physical
activities, and to maintain the condition of their bodies,
making these activities possible.
With this in mind, Safari Feeds developed the Safari
lick block for horses. It was the first specialized lick
block of its kind developed and manufactured in South
Africa. The quality of roughage fed to horses, its protein
content and composition, are often very variable. The
protein component can vary from batch to batch, and
between seasons and cuttings - from the land.
During periods of intensive work, a performance horse’s
protein requirement increases slightly. The Safari
Block supplies high-quality protein and amino acids,
supplementing any periodic deficit in dietary roughage.
A horse that performs on the racecourse, show jumpers,
endurance horses and eveners, needs at least 40g of salt
a day to compensate for salt loss caused by sweating.
The Safari lick block is formulated to supply 60g of salt a
day, as salt is a known limiting factor when performance
horses are fed conventional diets. The salt content in
the block also restricts daily intake, preventing the block
being polished off in a few days.
Phosphorus is closely associated with the calcium
content of bone, and is crucial for energy metabolism.
Phosphorus deficiency causes skeletal abnormalities
and sub-normal growth in young horses. The Safari
Block provides a bio-available source of phosphorus.
The calcium and phosphorus content are in balance, in
the correct ratio of 2:1, ensuring absorption.
Potassium is important for regulating the body fluid
balance, maintaining the acid balance, and for nerve
and muscle function. Vitamins and trace minerals
are essential for body function. They operate at all
levels, affecting everything from energy metabolism
and production to hoof growth. A balanced supply
of vitamins and trace minerals in the block ensures
optimum health and performance. There are 17 key
vitamins. The Safari Horse Block provides 20% - 30% of
daily vitamin requirements.
The Safari Horse Block is an effective antidote to
boredom. The horse can lick and nibble at it instead
of acquiring bad habits like wind-sucking, weaving and
chewing the wooden poles of the paddock fence or the
stable door. The Safari Horse Block also prevents horses
from bolting their feed. Greedy feeding is one of the
factors which cause colic in horses.
A high molasses content makes the Safari Horse Block
very palatable. However, the salt level and physical
characteristics of the block regulate intake - it is hard
and dense, and the horse has to do a lot of licking and
nibbling to meet its daily needs. This makes weighing
and measuring unnecessary, so the block is very easy
and practical to use. It should be readily available for
the horse to nibble and lick ad lib. The recommended
intake is about 500 - 600g per day. A 20Kg block should
last one horse between 33 and 40 days. A 1kg block is
also available for stable horses.
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the 'Complete Orders' link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We'll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we've received and processed the returned item.
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