CoolStance Copra

£23.00

CoolStance Copra

  • Totally cereal and grain free

  • Great for weight gain and condition

  • Low in sugar and starch

  • 100% digestible energy

  • High source of fibre

 

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Description

Premium Coconut (Copra) Meal

The only low NSC, high energy, GMO free feed in the world

Insulin resistance safe

Laminitis safe

CoolStance Copra is premium quality coconut (copra) meal, made from the white part of the coconut, which is dried, baked and ground. It is totally natural and is chemical and GMO free. CoolStance provides the horse with COOL and TRAINABLE energy.
The oil in CoolStance (coconut oil) is saturated and rich in Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCT). This means it is highly stable (not prone to rancidity) and can provide your horse with ready, non-glucose energy.

Most horses love the taste of CoolStance. It is rich in quality protein, and the oil assists with coat condition. CoolStance contains <11% NSC (sugar and starch) and has a high content of digestible energy. CoolStance may support horses with metabolic disorders including tying up, laminitis or excitable behaviour.

In the UK and Europe, we would recommend feeding CoolStance wet or damp. Our horses are subjected to damper pasture, higher rainfall and softer hay in the UK and Europe resulting in our horses producing less saliva when eating.

By feeding CoolStance wet, it is also a great way of ensuring your horse has access to a greater water intake which helps to rehydrate. Wetting or dampening CoolStance can also prevent dust irritation.
CoolStance is completely free of prohibited substances. It is regularly batch tested, aflatoxin tested and regulated by FEMAS.

CoolStance Copra is made from the white part of the coconut which has been dried, baked and ground to form a highly palatable, premium meal. It is a totally natural product and is chemical and GMO free.

What type of horse is CoolStance Copra suitable for?

CoolStance Copra is a versatile feed that is suitable for all types of horses and ponies. Due to it’s low NSC content, this makes it ideal for horses and ponies prone to laminitis, EMS, Cushings or are in other ways metabolically challenged. It’s a truly non heating feed so is a safe choice for those horses that are on box rest or in very light work. It can form the base of any feed or can be used as an addition for extra condition or weight gain to an already nutritionally balanced diet.

Feeding the hard-working horse.

CoolStance Copra is a popular choice amongst owners whose horses are in hard work. The oil in Copra (coconut oil) contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT) that are easier to digest, absorb and utilize in comparison to the long-chain fatty acids found in other oils such as flax, soya and rice-bran oil. MCTs are absorbed directly into the portal blood and transported to the liver. By comparison, long chain fatty acids are absorbed into the lymphatics and slowly transported to the liver. MCTs appear to behave more like glucose than other oils, meaning coconut oil provides a ready source of energy for use during exercise.

Available Size

20kg

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Feeding Guidelines

 

How to Feed CoolStance Copra

We recommend mixing CoolStance Copra with one-part CoolStance Copra to three-parts water. The recommended weights in the table below are dry weights, before mixing with water.

If you’re using cold water, leave to soak for 10-15 minutes before feeding. If you’re using warm/hot water, it will be ready to feed straight away or once it’s cooled to a suitable temperature. Mix well before feeding.

We recommend feeding a good quality vitamin and mineral supplement or balancer alongside CoolStance Copra, such as VitaStance Mineral Mix or VitaStance B1 Cool Mix.

We advise feeding your horse little and often, and always make sure your horse has access to clean, fresh water.

 

Activity Level kg per day
Light 0.5kg – 1kg
Medium 1kg – 2kg
Hard 2kg – 3kg

 

Feeding Guideline Examples

Retired/resting – The horse weighs 500kg and is retired to the field. We would recommend feeding approximately 500g of Copra per day split between two feeds.

Light work – The horse weighs 500kg and is hacked no more than 4 times a week for up to 1 hour, mainly in walk. We would recommend feeding 500g – 1kg of Copra split between two feeds.

Medium work – The horse weighs 500kg and is mainly schooled up to 6 times a week for up to an hour, this includes jumping. We would recommend feeding 1kg – 2kg of Copra split between two feeds.

Hard work – The horse weighs 500kg and will most likely be an in training racehorse or competitive horse being worked 7 days a week in high intensity work including, galloping for longer intervals, high level schooling, regular cross country sessions and endurance riding etc.

Nutritional Information

Composition

100% Pure Coconut Meal

 

Nutritional Analysis
Dry Matter 90%
Crude Protein 20%
Digestible Energy (MJ DE/kg DM) 15
Digestible Energy (Mcal DE/lb DM) 1.63
Oil 12%
Non Structural Carbohydrate (NSC) <11%
Crude Fibre 12-15%
Starch 0.4%
Ash 7%

 

Extra Information

Understanding NSC
NSC stands for non-structural carbohydrates which is essentially the combined sugar and starch content in feed and pasture.

Why is low NSC important?
High levels of NSC in horse feed can have detrimental effects to horses and ponies that are insulin resistant, prone to tying up or are in other ways, metabolically challenged. So selecting a feed that is low in NSC is particularly important for these types of horses. Similarly, high NSC feeds can also cause or contribute to the above issues.

What are safe levels of NSC?
Generally any feed that contains <12% NSC is considered safe to feed. For example, if a starch level is 10% and sugar 10% this would total 20% NSC which would be considered high NSC and an unsafe feed.

The difficulties with high energy feeds
Most high energy feeds use grain as the main energy source. With this often comes high starch, which in small, manageable quantities can sometimes prove effective. But these starch levels are often exceeding safe amounts and can most likely be problematic and cause starch related diseases and disorders such as tying up, bad behaviour and colic.

The solution
Oil is the most useful non starch source of extra energy for athletic horses. It contains 2 to 3 times more energy than starch or protein and once horses have adapted to it, oil is well accepted, digested and metabolised.  Horses readily adapt to oil-rich diets and burn it to produce valuable energy for their muscles during medium and high intensity exercise. CoolStance Copra is one of the very few feeds that is low in NSC, high in fibre and a great source of digestible energy.

How can CoolStance Copra help my metabolically challenged horse?

Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)

Selecting suitable feeds for a horse affected by EMS is not an easy task. Forages vary dramatically in the level of NSC they contain, with forages like ryegrass and oat hay capable of having NSC 30%. Weather damaged Lucerne hay and stemmy, mature pasture hay are most likely to contain suitably low levels of non-structural carbohydrates. Grain can contain NSC content over 60%. Only feeds with < 12% NSC should be considered for horses susceptible to EMS. When you have selected a suitable feed, it should be introduced into your horse’s diet slowly, as some EMS horses are extremely sensitive and will still react to a feed, even though it may seem suitable. It is also important to feed little and often to avoid insulin spikes associated with the expectation of feeding. CoolStance Copra contains <11% NSC so is a safe and suitable feed for EMS diagnosed horses and ponies.

Laminitis

In a similar way to management of an EMS diagnosed horse or pony, laminitis is a condition that should can be managed as a form of prevention. Laminitis is a complex disease where the laminae in the hoof, which are the structures responsible for suspending the horses pedal bone from the hoof wall, become inflamed. When the laminae inflame, they lose their integrity and allow the weight of the horse to drive the pedal bone downward through the hoof, damaging arteries, veins, the corium of the coronet and the sole of the hoof. Once the pedal bone moves, the condition is then referred to as founder. Weight, diet and exercise are all important factors to consider when managing a horse or pony prone to laminitis. If a horse or pony has laminitis due to being overweight, we would recommend offering reduced amounts of CoolStance Copra until the horse’s weight has been successfully managed. Due to Copra being low in sugar and starch, it is a suitable choice for a laminitis prone horse.

Tying Up (Azoturia)

Tying-up, otherwise known as Monday Morning Sickness or azoturia is a term used to describe muscle disorders affecting some breeds of horses. Horses suffering with tying-up may experience painful muscle contractions, stiffness, profuse sweating, and elevated respiratory rates during or following exercise. The feeding of grain will often increase the occurrence of tying up in susceptible horses. Grains provide energy in the form of sugar and starch (non-structural carbohydrate). Starch is broken down in the small intestine and absorbed into the bloodstream as glucose. For horses affected by tying up, feeding high (NSC) starch diets increases the circulating insulin concentrations, leading to storage of an unusual polysaccharide in the muscles. This may increase the chances of the tying up occurring in some breeds of horses. High starch diets often contribute to the horse being highly excitable and nervous, making the horse more susceptible to tying-up. In a nutshell, feeding grain to susceptible horses may increases the risk of tying-up. Research has shown that horses prone to tying up both benefit from a low starch diet (<12% NSC) that contains some oil. Copra meal is a natural, high energy feed that contains 8% oil and less than <12% NSC, Research has also shown that copra meal does not increase circulating glucose or insulin after feeding.

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