Common Questions

What is the difference between LexveT Mineral Mix and LexveT B1 Cool Mix?

LexveT Mineral Mix is recommended for all breeds and ages, it is a general vitamin, mineral and salt supplement used by elite performance stables through to pleasure horses.  LexveT B1 Cool Mix is recommended for all nervous and excitable horses.  LexveT B1 Cool Mix contains the same vitamins and minerals as LexveT Mineral Mix however it has much higher levels of Magnesium and Vitamin B1. 

What does ash content mean?

The “ash content” is a measure of the total amount of minerals present within a food, whereas the “mineral content” is a measure of the amount of specific inorganic components present within a food, such as Calcium, Sodium, Potassium and Chloride. Ash is the inorganic residue remaining after the water and organic matter have been removed.  The ash content of LexveT products is between 72 - 75% which means actual mineral content is 72 - 75% of the product, the remaining 25 - 28% is organic matter which includes vitamins and moisture content.

What signs indicate nutritional deficiency?

Signs that can indicate a nutritional deficiency include a faded and dull coat, excessive coat length, poor body condition, reduced feed conversion (poor doer), poor muscle development, anhydrosis (puffs), seedy toe (white line disease), degenerative laminitis, poor hoof quality, splints, bent legs in foals, poor fertility, poor performance, lack of energy, training off and decreased resistance to infection.  Remember that most feeds are deficient in minerals and vitamins - without appropriate supplementation your horse will most likely have a deficiency or imbalance of minerals and vitamins.

I feed a premixed feed, do I need to add LexveT?

Yes. Premixed feeds and pellets contain a fixed supplement to concentrate ratio that does not account for individual need. If you are not feeding the recommended daily dosage of your premixed feed your horse will be receiving a reduced vitamin and mineral intake.  Horses that are on the high levels of premixed feeds and pellets may suffer from the ill effects of excessive grain intake and gastric ulceration. The phytates in grains can also interfere with mineral utilisation.

I don’t feed a hard feed, how else can I feed LexveT?

If you do not feed a hard feed we recommend feeding LexveT as a loose lick.  To put a loose lick out for a paddock of horses calculate each horses recommended daily intake and put this combined dosage in a communal trough.  Initially some horses may need encouragement and a handful of hard feed can be added (adding fine feed will avoid sifting eg bran, pollard, full fat soyabean meal).  Other horse owners make LexveT and molasses sandwiches for their horses as a treat each day so they know they are getting the correct dosage.

Why is supplementation so important?

Pasture, hay and most feeds are deficient or have the wrong balance of minerals, vitamins and salts for optimum development and performance. Homemade mineral blends are rarely balanced and often incomplete

Do I need additional electrolytes?

The salts in LexveT products are adequate to meet normal requirements for maintenance and work. Under extreme work conditions the dose may be safely doubled.

What can I feed with LexveT?

LexveT is suitable to use with all feeds. It can be dampened with water, oil or molasses to avoid sifting in your horses feed.

What can I do with exciteable or nervous horses?

To achieve optimum performance it requires a combination of correct handling, adequate and appropriate exercise and careful attention to feeding. We recommend feeding LexveT B1 Cool Mix to exciteable or nervous horses.

LexveT is developed in Australia, how is it suitable for UK conditions?

Australia has a wide and diverse range of soil types, rainfall patterns and pasture types. 

LexveT is supplemented to horses grazing pasture grown on a wide variety of soil types including; sandy, silty, clay, loamy, peaty and chalky soils.

Common pasture and hay varieties in Australia include Alfalfa, Clover and Rye as well as many other native and introduced grass types.  LexveT has been very successful in New Zealand where the predominant pasture and hay varieties is Alfalfa, Rye, Clover and Timothy. 

Is LexveT suitable for my horse?

LexveT is suitable for all breeds of horses, from miniatures through to performance horses.  The dosage of LexveT is split into three categories; pony, cob and horse.  We classify a pony as under 14hh (142cm), a cob between 14hh - 15hh (142cm - 152cm) and a horse over 15hh (152cm).  For miniatures we recommend dosing as per a cob but using a teaspoon instead of the 70g scoop provided.

LexveT is suitable for all ages of horses.  We have taken into account the additional demands of broodmares in foal, lactating broodmares and growing horses and listed these in separate feeding categories. For horses over three years of age the dosage is dependent upon their workload. 

How are vitamins and minerals utilised in the horses body?

Calcium has a vital role for normal growth and the normal function of the nervous system, muscles, blood clotting and cardiac function.

Phosphorus has an important role in metabolism and nerve function and is also needed for the normal formation of bones, muscles and teeth.

Magnesium is involved in metabolism, formation of teeth and bones and the maintenance of normal nervous system function.

Sodium and Chloride are essential for maintaining a normal electrolyte balance in body tissues during heavy exercise and in recovery after exercise.

Potassium is required for maintaining cell integrity, healthy nerve and muscle function, normal digestion and relaxation of the heart muscle.

Zinc is necessary for normal bone and cartilage development.  It is involved in wound healing and the maintains the integrity of skin, hair and hooves.  It is important in maintaining a normal healthy coat.

Copper is needed for iron metabolism, bone development and maintenance of elastic connective tissue.

Iron is a vital component of haemoglobin in red blood cells.

Manganese has a role in bone, cartilage and tissue development, normal blood clotting and in maintaining normal growth, reproduction and lactation.

Cobalt is required for the formation of B12, red blood cells, haemoglobin, and maintaining normal nerve cell function.

Selenium has a vital role in preventing cellular oxidation and is required for normal growth and fertility.

Iodine is required for normal thyroid function and is a component of thyroid hormones which regulate metabolic processes including hair growth.

Vitamin A (Retinol) is involved in maintaining normal vision, muscles, growth, reproductive performance and maintaining the integrity of skin and mucous membranes.

Vitamin E (Tocopherol) is an antioxidant. Antioxidants reduce the formation of free radicals and reduce oxidisation in the body that can cause damage to cells.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is required for normal metabolism  appetite and body weight.  It also assists in the maintenance of normal muscle and nerve function.

Folic Acid is involved in general metabolism and the formation of red and white blood cells and haemoglobin.
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