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Below you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions.

I have an Icelandic horse that has lost a lot of weight over the last couple of months.

My horse has been examined by veterinarians and no disease or anything else could be found that could explain the weight loss.

He has just lost a lot of muscle mass and, therefore, I think he should be fed more protein.

I feed him primarily with some good wrap, which is available to him 24/7.

Then he eats grass/alfalfa together with his vitamins and lately he has also got 800-1000 gr. of mash.

But he has not gained weight. Some years ago I gave him a supplementary feed for Icelandic horses, but he became anxious and did not put on weight.

Do you think that Regulator Complete® could be the solution?

He was exercised 5-6 times a week (moderate/hard work), but during the latest months I have not been riding him that much, because he loses weight after exercise.

I hope you can help me.

Yours sincerely,
A frustrated horse owner

Reply from REGULATOR COMPLETE:

Dear frustrated horse owner,

What a story!
We understand that you are frustrated by the situation with your horse.
To contact the vet was a very good idea.

When feeding Regulator Complete® to your horse, Regulator Complete® helps the horse to absorb and utilize the other feed, i.e. hay, wrap, etc., even better, because the combination of herbs, vitamins, minerals and microminerals is optimal.

Unfortunately, your horse has a problem that the vet has not been able to detect.

Besides feeding Regulator Complete® to your horse, you can help him improve his digestion and absorption of his feed, for example, by adding fibers, such as soaked beet pulp or fiber pills.
In addition, you need to add even more calories such as oil and alfalfa pills.

It may be unnecessary to ask if the vet has been very thorough: has he/she done a teeth inspection and excluded parasites such as worms?

If that has been ruled out, a healthy feed plan for your horse can look like this:

Good wrap ad libitum.
See below what to feed both mornings and evenings

  • 150 g Regulator Complete®
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt, ordinary kitchen salt and, of course, free access to a salt lick and water.
  • 150-200 g soaked beet pulp/or if it is difficult – then 150-200 g fiber pills, they should not be soaked.
  • 200 g alfalfa pills (they contain extra protein and extra calories, sometimes they are quite dry, because the pills break into the bag, so you can soak them in plenty of water for 5-10 minutes before feeding it).
  • Oil 0.5 dl for the first week. Oil 1 dl in week 2. Oil 1.5 dl in week 3 and continue to give im 1.5 dl of oil until his condition improves.

You can blend it all together into a delicious horse greenie.
Your horse will love it!
The mash is also good for him. If you still have it, you can mix 100 g into each serving.

And do remember to add electrolytes into the “horse greenie” after work, when he has been sweating.

It is of course important that you are aware of him still being weak and take it into consideration that it takes time to build muscle mass – also for a horse. 🙂

A weekly schedule for the riding could, for example, look like this:

1st and 2nd day:
3rd day:
4th and 5th day:
Horseback riding.
Free time, perhaps 30 minute just walking.
Horseback riding and then his work schedule is over to the next week. You can do some more walking breaks.

And plenty of time on the paddock and some good playmates.
Best wishes!

My horse has become too fat! I have reduced his calory intake and exercised him some more. But how much Regulator Complete® should I feed him? Should I feed him according to the weight he should have? Or should I feed him according to his actual weight?

Reply from REGULATOR COMPLETE:

Very good that you have started slimming and exercising your horse.👍

All horses have a vitamin and mineral intake/need, that corresponds to the actual weight of the horse.

Find out your horse’s actual weight and find your horse’s weight on the dosing schedule. Now you know how much Regulator Complete® to feed your horse on a daily basis.😊

Hi RC,
I have read several articles that mention that too high iron levels can result in insulin resistance and inflammation. The leaflet says that there is a high level of iron in the RC compared to many other types of compound feeds; even if you do not have to add a large amount of it. Is there any special reason for the high iron level?
Sincerely, AA

Reply from REGULATOR COMPLETE:

Yes, it is true. According to the label it seems that the level of iron in the RC is very high. However, this is due to the EU’s new law on nutrition labeling for minerals.

Below please find this copy from the Regulator Complete’s® website:

The EU's new labeling requirements

You must pay attention to the EU’s new law on nutrition labeling for minerals. The law requires now that the substance of mineral and carrier shall be provided.

An example

From the customer information leaflet (additives) that you find inside the Regulator Complete® sack you can see that there is an amount of 5.95 mg selenium. The active ingredient selenium is actually 2.40 mg, which had to be labeled previously. Most feeding guidelines are worked out according to this amount of selenium. The rest of the weight is the carriers.

This means that the amount of the ingredients in the ration must match the active amount of ingredients. You can work out your feeding program according to the list below.

And Aase, as to iron level, the whole feed – incl. carriers – amounts to 4267 mg.

When the carrier is taken out of the equation, the iron level only amounts to 1280 mg. You can see all the information right here: EU’s new law on nutrition labeling for minerals.

The largest iron content in the soil is iron oxide.

The problem with iron oxide – and thus also with roughage – is that: Here you really do not know how well the horse absorbs it, and iron is extremely important to the energy level, to fight off infections, hoofworms, metals and other toxins in the body.

It is important to have the energy to exercise and therefore, iron is needed in the body.

A study was carried out on black rhinos regarding insulin resistance and iron level in their bodies, but if these results apply to horses is uncertain.

Something is at least certain, if horses are exercised in combination with being fed starch and feed low in sugar, this will promote glucose absorption in the cells, thereby reducing the risk of insulin resistance.

According to studies on humans, it is genetically determined whether iron is deposited in the body.
The deposition tendency is genetically determined and there are only a few people who have the gene type and you do not know if they have insulin resistance and thereby accumulate iron – or if they accumulate iron and then acquire insulin resistance.

So what comes first, the chicken or the egg?

And if this study can apply to horses, is uncertain as well.

I’ve been using RC for a very long time and I’m very pleased with it. But my horse has problems with its hooves. I have been trying hoof maler for a year. The horse has been living with an artificial hoof and has enjoyed visits from the blacksmith every 6 weeks, but this da…. disease “White line” has cost me about 60,000 kr. during the last 2 years and my wallet is almost empty. Do you have any ideas? The Vega Remote test has also been carried out.
Yours sincerely, LL

Reply from REGULATOR COMPLETE:
Here, it is about strengthening the horse’s intestinal flora to fight off the infection in the hoofs.

Probiotics are obvious choices, when you need to strengthen the flora.

But before then, it is very important to ensure that the horse is fed enough digestible fibers.

The starting point is high quality or very dry wrap in the appropriate amount according to the horse’s weight.
Every day the horse must be fed:

Min. 1.5 kg of roughage per 100 kg horse, and do add some more.

In addition, digestible fibers from alfalfa and beet pulp/fiber pills:
Ca. 2-300 g of alfalfa, low starch content.
Ca. 3-500 g of dried beet pulp soaked.

RC according to the horse’s weight and based on moderate work:
1 tablespoon of salt.

RC contains silica, but in your horse’s case it will be good to add larger quantities.

Silica has inflammation and toxin inhibitory properties.

Naturdrogeriet produces a silica product.

Silica can also be purchased in Germany.

Feed the horse 2 tablespoons on a daily basis.

Feed the horse according to the above for the minimum of 9 months as it takes to develop a new hoof.
And choose your blacksmith carefully to provide the best care for your horse’s hooves.

Good luck with it! 🙂