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HHIO's flagship ALL-IN-ONE new PELLET product.

Provides the essential minerals for day to day optimum health in an easy low dose pellet feed.  Designed for equines that are turned out/spelling/retired and out on grass 24/7. This is designed for maintenance and horses in good health/condition.  

Each 80g dose includes a targeted combination of:

150mg Organic Copper

450mg Organic Zinc  

1mg Organic Selenium

5mg Organic Iodine

65mg Boron

500mg Organic Magnesium

20g Salt

In a proprietry blend of Lucerne & Copra OR Timothy & Copra.

(Base minerals included in this pellet includes a small amount of DCP which provides a small amount of Calcium & Phosphorus, and Apple Flavour).

Laboratory Analysis on Starch and ESC% available below

Daily Dose Rate:

Hack - Large Pony 80g

Small Pony 40g

Mini 20g

Two level 50ml scoops = 80g

Situations suitable for:

Provides the top 6 essential minerals commonly missing in NZ pasture.

Designed speficially for those wanting to keep levels up for horses that are not in work and are turned out, spelling, retired, paddock mates, for larger herds and for any one that wants to provide good base mineral levels on a budget and best for horses on grass/pasture 24/7.

For equines in work (5+days a week), travelling and competing use Performance.

The the weekend warrior (2-3 days a week) and may have hoof, coat or weight issues or horses on a full or main hay diet use Foundation or Performance depending on needs.

For equines experiencing issues such as ill health, injury, major skin, hoof, weight, health issues use Performance.

Pellet versions of all products will be avialable soon!


Trials found pellets to be acceptable in taste.  The aim was to keep the pellet ingredients within the HHIO feed guide lines and as smaller dose rate as possible, meaning more value for money.

It is designed to be fed alone and not with feed, especially wet feed.

For horses not hardfed currently, should be an easy transition, for horses currently hardfed, you may find some reluctance (aka a bit miffed) initially as your horse now only gets 1/2 cup of pellets a day rather than a larger hardfeed, this soon passes. 

This product is evolving, feedback as always is welcomed. 

Timothy Base Pellet Analysis

Energy 6.6%

Protein 11.1%

Fat 5%

NSC 13.4%

ESC% 5.7%

Starch <0.5%

Combined ESC & Starch 6.2%

Metabolic, Laminitic & PPID do best with a diet below 10% combined Starch and ESC.  


Excerpt from Diet - The Laminitis Site - click link for more information

Your horse's diet needs to provide all the nutrients considered essential for health - energy, protein (amino acids), minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids (and water).  Diets for horses with laminitis/EMS/PPID will usually be based on low energy, low sugar/starch high fibre forage with nutrients targeted to meet deficiencies in the forage, identified by forage analysis (or typical values).

The diet for your horse will depend primarily on whether: 

- he/she needs to lose, gain or maintain weight - horses that need to gain weight need to have more energy provided by their diet, horses that need to lose weight need to have less. 

- he/she has insulin dysregulation/has EMS/has had endocrine laminitis - horses that have insulin dysregulation/have EMS/have had endocrine laminitis may need to have combined sugar and starch levels kept below 10%  (see Equine Metabolic Syndrome - ACVIM Consensus Statement - Dietary Management), and ideally have any sugar/starch in the diet spread out through the day to prevent insulin peaks.  Insulin levels should be monitored, either resting or OST, to assess insulin resistance/laminitis risk.  The insulin results will also dictate how much, if any, grass the horse can have. 

- he/she has PPID.   A horse with PPID may need higher levels of nutrients, especially protein if muscle loss is an issue, and should probably be fed at least high maintenance levels (if not in work).  Some experts recommend feeding good levels of anti-oxidants to horses with PPID, including vitamin E, zinc, copper and selenium. 
A horse with PPID that also has insulin dysregulation/EMS will need to have good levels of nutrients whilst keeping the sugar/starch in the diet below 10%. 
A horse with PPID that doesn't have insulin dysregulation/EMS may not need to have sugar/starch limited, although it is generally recommended that all horses should be fed a high fibre diet based on forage with essential nutrients supplemented as necessary. 


Excerpt from DDT +E – Diet | ECIR Group, Inc. (ecirhorse.org) - click link for more information

Low-Sugar/Starch grass hay. Grass hay with combined values for Ethanol Soluble Carbohydrates (ESC) and Starch below 10% is the goal for most horses. Timothy, orchard grass, and bermuda tend towards lower simple Sugar and Starch content. Avoid alfalfa unless the horse is known to have tolerated it without problems in the past. The color of the hay has nothing to do with the Sugar and Starch content.


Both websites are reliable, proven, science and evidence based sites.  If you have a vet who is not familiar with Metabolic or laminitic horses needs, please direct them to these websites with the most up to date and current information available on emergency treatment, management, rehabilitation and prevention.

If your horse is prone to laminitis or currently in a laminitic event it is highly recommended to test for PPID and treat as Insulin Resistant meaning to feed accordingly.  REcommended diets are explained in detail in both links above. . 

"There are many possible causes of laminitis, but by far the most common is Insulin Resistance (IR). Research has shown that 80 to 90 percent of laminitis is caused by endocrine disease." Laminitis | ECIR Group, Inc. (ecirhorse.org)

For more information please refer to the dedicated page on this website. 

PPID aka CUSHINGS (healthyhorsesinsideout.co.nz)