SettelexClinically provento help stop cribbing
Cribbing and windsucking has been linked to excess stomach acid and gastric ulcers. Abnormal repetitive behaviour (stereotypy) may also develop due to a combination of other factors including genetic susceptibility, lack of fibrous forage, too much concentrate feed, long periods of stable confinement and isolation from other horses. Settelex contains acid-neutralising ingredients that help reduce the horse's motivation to perform oral stereotypies by gently soothing the digestive system. Consult your veterinarian to determine if your horse is cribbing or windsucking due to gastric ulcers.
Settelex is a feed supplement that helps to reduce the horse's motivation to windsuck and crib-bite by having a soothing effect on the digestive system.
Windsucking and cribbing used to be called vices, indicating an undersirable quality in the horse. However we now realise these so-called vices can develop due to exposure to an unsuitable, barren environment and unsuitable feeding practices that do not meet the horses basic requirements. Such abnormal behaviours are more correctly described as oral stereotypies.
Cribbing involves the horse grasping at a fixed object with its front incisor teeth, then pulling back and sucking air into its upper throat while making a characteristic grunting sound. Windsucking involves the same action but without grasping an object. In most cases the air sucked in is not actually swallowed. These abnormal behaviours are associated with a higher risk of digestive disturbances and general unthriftiness, probably due to a combination of the horse spending less time eating, therefore having inadequate intake of fibre and calories. Common management practices that induce the behaviours are extended periods of time stabled, prolonged periods with no food and high concentrate/low forage diets.
Exactly why these abnormal behaviours develop is probably due to a combination of factors and a possible genetic susceptibility. Links have also been made with excess stomach acid being an important contributing factor to cribbing and windsucking. Horses left without food for long periods will suffer from excess acid because they produce stomach acid continuously as they have evolved to eat small quantities of fibrous feed continuously throughout the day.
Cribbing and windsucking may also be due to the presence of gastric ulcers. Contact your veterinarian as they are qualified to diagnose this condition and advise the best course of treatment.
Directions for Use
Weight of Horse/Pony
Amount per feed
Up to 400kg/880lb
1 level (50ml) scoop of Settelex weighs approximately 30g/1.0oz.
For best results, initially feed twice per day, and up to a maximum of three times per day.
Introduce gradually and feed with each meal up to three times per day. Settelex should be added to the feed immediately prior to feeding - if not, effectiveness may be lost.
Avoid feeding large concentrate meals (pellets, mixes and grains). Instead feed little and often throughout the day, especially concentrate feeds. Always feed at least 1.5% of your horse's body weight per day as fibrous forage (for a 500kg horse feed at least 7.5kg of hay per day). Horses showing signs of excess acid should have continuous access to forage. Settelex is not a treatment for gastric ulcers - please contact your vet if you are concerned.
Feed supplements should be fed according to body weight; height has been given as a guide. Introduce to the horses diet gradually, splitting between feeds (when applicable).
Settelex is a complementary feeding stuff for equine animals. Feedmark uses nothing in the formulation of this product that contravenes competition rules.
For further information about Settelex or any other Feedmark product, or for any help with your horse or pony's ration simply consult a Feedmark nutritional advisor on the free helpline: 1-800-239-8119 (US).
IF YOU ARE IN ANY DOUBT ABOUT YOUR HORSE OR PONY'S HEALTH OR CONDITION, A VETERINARY SURGEON SHOULD BE CONSULTED.
|Calcium carbonate, Aluminium hydroxide, Dicalcium phosphate, Magnesium carbonate.|
|Crude protein 0.4%, Crude oils & fats 0.2%, Crude fibre <0.1%, Crude ash 73.6%|