FAQs: Steadfast Equine Growth
STEADFAST EQUINE GROWTH
Q: How is Steadfast® Equine Growth different from other joint supplements?
A: Steadfast Equine Growth is formulated exclusively with TêlaFIRM®, a concentrated source of chelated trace minerals. TelaFIRM provides your horse with the most research backed organic trace mineral blend available. Many equine supplements and feeds contain the common minerals we associate with equine joint health (selenium, manganese, copper and zinc) however most of these minerals are considered inorganic. Inorganic minerals are minerals that are bound to a salt, making it difficult for them to survive the acidity of the stomach and reach the hindgut where they’re to be absorbed. These salt-bound trace minerals are utilized regularly in other supplements and feeds due to their availability and cost effectiveness. On ingredient labels, you’ll notice these minerals are named as zinc oxide, copper sulfate or similar. Organic, or chelated, minerals are carbon bound which protects the mineral from the stomach’s acidic environment and ensures safe passage to the hindgut for absorption. TelaFIRM’s proprietary formulation utilizes only organic minerals for optimal digestion and benefit to your horse.
Q: Why does it matter that Steadfast® Equine Growth is patented?
A: With the saturation of the equine supplement market, you should research products thoroughly and place value on products that offer finished-product research and credentials. In addition to being an audited member of the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC), Arenus has taken its credentialing process one step further and gained U.S. patented or patent-pending status on all of its Vital Science nutraceutical products. Steadfast Equine Growth, along with the rest of the Steadfast family, is fully patented, guaranteeing our customers label accuracy and that these quality products will work as indicated.
Q: Will I need to keep my horse on Steadfast® Equine Growth forever?
A: Though some do choose to keep their horse on Steadfast Equine Growth long term, it is designed to be used as a building block for growth or recovery and is typically used in one of 3 ways:
- Fed to the mare during late pregnancy to promote optimal structural growth of the developing fetus.
- Fed to the foal after parturition through their initial training years to develop the best foundation for bone and soft tissue integrity. Generally, once well into training, these horses are transitioned to Steadfast Equine to encourage whole joint and structural support throughout their career.
- Fed to horses recovering from injury to soft tissue or bone throughout the recovery process. Usually fed in conjunction with Steadfast Equine.
Q: In what situation would you use Steadfast® Equine and Steadfast® Equine Growth together?
A: There are many situations where the use of both Steadfast Equine and Steadfast Equine Growth are well indicated, the most popular of those being use in a horse recovering from injury. These injuries range from suspensory tears and tendon strain, to surgeries like carpal chip removal and beyond. Combining these supplements provides your horse with a hefty dose of the minerals they need to rebuild soft tissues, strengthen the existing structural integrity and reduce the pain and inflammation associated with recovery from these conditions. The use of this powerful combination has assisted with the reduced recovery time and improved healing of many equine athletes.
Q: Is Steadfast® Equine Growth palatable?
A: Yes. Generally, if your horse routinely eats other supplements without issue, working Steadfast Equine Growth into their regimen will not be a problem. However, if you experience issues, simple things like starting with a smaller dose or adding water, vegetable oil or molasses has proven helpful.