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Seaweed meal (Ascophyllum nodosum
) grown and sustainably harvested on the remote shores of the Outer Hebrides. Guaranteed free of heavy metal contamination.
The continental shelf around the stunning coastline of the Outer Hebrides is a mixing zone for nutrients welling up from the depths of the Atlantic. As one of the most productive corners of the global ocean, seaweeds thrive in the cool, clean, clear waters.
**This is a natural product and slight colour variations may occur due to seasonal variations**
Seaweed for horses is one of the richest vegetable sources of essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals on the planet. The combination of nutrients it contains work together to enhance your horse’s diet and it helps your horse to make the best possible use of the nutritional goodness of the rest of its diet. In addition to essential nutrients, seaweed contains health-promoting polysaccharides.
The seaweed meal for horses sourced by Pegasus is harvested from the pure clean waters of the Outer Hebrides and handled, stored and processed with the greatest care to ensure it is never contaminated at any stage between growing in the sea and reaching you, the customer.
We are confident that this is the very highest-quality, organic seaweed with nothing added and nothing taken away. Read more about the origins of our seaweed for horses on the ‘Did you know?’ tab.
Pegasus seaweed supplement helps support the horse’s body in coping with stress and supports its natural immunity in a totally safe way.
Seaweed for horses supports good joint mobility and is a useful supplement for horses to naturally support musculoskeletal health. It will give horses a glossy, shiny coat and healthy, strong hooves. Seaweed has traditionally been used for obesity, and it may be a useful adjunct for horses or ponies on a weight loss regime.
Users have also reported good rates of fertility, good temperaments and general good health in horses fed seaweed, probably due to its immune-supporting effects.
Seaweed for horses contains:
- Concentrated proteins
- Healthy carbohydrates
- More than 60 minerals including iron, magnesium, sodium and iodine
- Vitamins including A, B1, C, E and K
- 20 amino acids - including all the essential amino acids
- Add essential nutrients to the diet
- Help support good joint mobility
- Help support an even temperament
- Support immunity and the health of the thyroid gland
- Help develop a shiny coat and healthy strong hooves
- Develop greater stamina
The ocean is a rich source of nutrients needed for good health. The benefits of feeding high-quality, organic seaweed from pollution-free seas to animals - including horses – has been known for many years.
Pegasus sources its seaweed meal from a top-quality supplier in the Outer Hebrides. Seaweeds thrive in the pure, cool, clean, clear waters there and benefit from the nutrients that mix in to those waters from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
Our supplier harvests seaweed as a living, breathing, green seaweed plant and uplifts it directly from the sea. Some seaweed suppliers land their seaweed on beaches where it can be tainted and contaminated by sand, ash and bacteria. Our seaweed never touches the beaches.
Our supplier’s processing methods, supported by stringent quality control procedures, see the seaweed given a fresh water wash before being ground once. Indirect heat is then applied which gently dries the seaweed but also ensures that none of the valuable amino acid or vitamin content is damaged. Other seaweeds are heated directly which destroys valuable nutrients.
The seaweed for horses is then ground and sieved again. It is guaranteed dust-free and handled in a human food grade factory where it meets the organic standards of the UK, Europe and the USA.
Seaweed has been fed to animals including horses in Scotland, Ireland and Norway since the 5th century. It’s a rich natural source of minerals, polysaccharides (long chain carbohydrates), amino acids, vitamins and other compounds, all of which provide a useful addition to the diet of our horses. Seaweed is usually fed dry but there are still areas in Scotland and Ireland where native ponies with access to beaches will graze fresh seaweed.
Seaweed powder for horses is reported to be good for horse’s hooves and coats, improving their quality. It is also a potential stomach soother for horses, but more research is necessary to confirm all of these properties. The polysaccharides that seaweed contains include algin, fucose and laminarin, none of which are found in land vegetables. These polysaccharides are believed to have a range of health benefits and might contribute towards seaweed’s historic use as an anti-obesity compound. Seaweed has traditionally been fed and eaten for its mineral content and as an anti-obesity compound, as an immune booster and a natural health-supporting compound. Animals fed seaweed are reputed to be healthier, more fertile and maintain condition better than those not fed seaweed. It is generally recommended that seaweed is not fed on top of a balanced diet during pregnancy – due to its very high iodine content - but it can be fed to lactating mares with good effect.
Seaweed or kelp for horses is probably the best natural source of minerals for horses, and it is particularly high in iodine. Iodine is used in the horse’s body to synthesise thyroid hormones, which are involved in various body functions including basal metabolic rate regulation, heat balance and oxygen use, as well as being essential for healthy growth and normal nervous system development. Iodine shortage causes goitre, and a wide range of disorders in growth and development.
The amount of iodine many seaweeds contain mean that it should be fed in limited quantities to horses, since it could oversupply this mineral if given in ample quantities. Restricting the amount fed to ensure you avoid iodine toxicity means that seaweed will not supply enough of the other essential minerals that are short in forage for horses (zinc, copper and selenium) to balance a forage-only diet. Therefore ideally you do need to feed a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement (PegaVite®) as well as seaweed, if your horse receives no other vitamin and mineral fortified feed or supplements.