Hygain® Meta Safe® Ultra-Low Starch™ is a soy free, cereal grain-free ration balancer pellet that provides a complete blend of daily nutrients at a low feeding rate. With an NSC content of 6.5%, Meta Safe® is ideal for horses and ponies susceptible to obesity, on a restricted diet, and suffering from equine metabolic syndrome, laminitis, PPID, or insulin dysregulation. As an added benefit, Meta Safe® contains Bonafide®, a bioavailable source of vitamins K1 and K2 to support optimal bone density and strength.
- 5% non-structural carbohydrates
- Low feeding rate, ideal for easy keepers and those with metabolic issues
- Soy and cereal grain-free formula ideal for horses with grain intolerance or sensitivities
- Natural vitamin E for antioxidant, circulatory, and cardiovascular functions
- Prebiotics to support a healthy gut microbiome and immune system
- Bonafide® bioavailable source of vitamins K1 and K2 to support optimal bone density and strength
- Hygain® RBO® rice bran oil for shine and omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids
Sweet Lupin Hulls, Canola Meal, Rice Bran Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Salt, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Cobalt Sulfate, Cobalt Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin E Supplement (d-alpha-tocopherol acetate), Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Menadione Nicotinamide Bisulfite, Folic Acid, Choline Chloride, Niacin Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Prebiotic (Yeast Extracts) & Quinaquanone® a bioavailable form of Vitamin K1 and K2.
Per lb (As Fed)
|Crude Protein (min)||12.50%|
|Crude Fat (min)||4%|
|Crude Fiber (max)||35%|
|Acid Detergent Fiber (max)||43%|
|Neutral Detergent Fiber (max)||52%|
|Dietary Starch (max)||1.50%|
|Ethanol Soluble Carbohydrates (max)||4.50%|
|Water Soluble Carbohydrates (max)||5%|
|Non Structural Carbohydrates (max)||6.50%|
|Manganese (min)||470 ppm|
|Zinc (min)||560 ppm|
|Copper (min)||200 ppm|
|Iron (min)||450 ppm|
|Iodine (min)||4 ppm|
|Selenium (min)||1.95 ppm|
|Selenium (max)||2.05 ppm|
|Vitamin A (min)||21,092 IU/lb|
|Vitamin D (min)||2,087 IU/lb|
|Vitamin E (min)||500 IU/lb|
|Vitamin K (min)||14.3 mg/lb|
|Quinaquanone® K1 & K2 (min)||3.2 mg/lb|
|Vitamin B1 (min)||13.6 mg/lb|
|Vitamin B2 (min)||22.2 mg/lb|
|Niacin (min)||77.1 mg/lb|
|Pantothenic Acid (min)||29.5 mg/lb|
|Vitamin B6 (min)||7.3 mg/lb|
|Vitamin B12 (min)||72.6 ug/lb|
|Folic Acid (min)||20.4 mg/lb|
|Biotin (min)||2 mg/lb|
|Prebiotic (Yeast extract Saccharomyces cerevisiae) (min)||4,536 mg/lb|
Low Feeding Rate
Chelated minerals for improved absorption and bioavailability
Shine and Strength
The Australian Lupin is a legume (similar to beans, peas, and lentils) that is grown primarily in Australia and distributed worldwide. It is characterized by a high protein and fiber content, and is naturally low in starch. Lupins contain favorable amounts and ratios of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids. Rich in minerals such as zinc, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus Lupins also contain vitamin A, B vitamins, and vitamin E. Lupins are a nutritionally dense feed option that can be utilized to lower starch in the equine diet or to replace other common feed ingredients for those horses that experience sensitivities to certain allergens.
Natural Vitamin E
All Hygain® feeds and ration balancers contain a highly stable, biologically active form of natural vitamin E (d-ɑ-tocopherol). Natural vitamin E protects cells from free radical damage while also supporting normal circulatory and neuromuscular functions. The natural form of vitamin E is preferentially absorbed by the body over synthetic sources. With pasture being the most abundant source of vitamin E in the equine diet, a formula with natural vitamin E is essential for horses who are not on full-time pasture.
Prebiotic fibers promote a healthy gut flora by providing nourishment to beneficial microbes in the digestive tract of the horse, particularly the hindgut. By nourishing this environment, prebiotics support improved digestive function, a strengthened immune system, and an overall healthier horse. At Hygain®, one of our prebiotics of choice is added mannan oligosaccharides (MOS) derived from the cell wall of the specific yeast culture Saccharomyces cerevisiae 1026. Research has shown that MOS can bind harmful bacteria in the digestive tract, boost immunoglobulins in colostrum, and increase beneficial bacteria populations when provided in a horse’s diet.
Vitamin K is naturally available in fresh pasture but is unstable and degrades quickly in baled forage. It has been shown that horses who are removed from vitamin K-rich pastures can have a reduction in bone density within 7-10 days. Vitamins K1 and K2 play a critical role in the function of osteocalcin which is known to bind minerals and protein in the bone together. Without enough of this vitamin, the binding process is not complete and may result in poor bone and cartilage quality. Bonafide® features Quinaquanone, a patented bioavailable form of vitamins K1 and K2 that can improve bone strength and density.
Rice Bran Oil
Hygain® RBO® Equine Performance Oil is a blend of pure rice bran oil containing essential fatty acids and natural antioxidants formulated for all equines. This unique oil contains natural vitamin E and aids as a carrier for fat-soluble vitamins. Added rice bran oil promotes a shiny coat and increases cool burning energy in the diet without promoting excitability.
Hygain® Meta Safe® is a ration balancer that contains essential amino acids for muscle building, balanced levels of critical macro and trace minerals for sound skeletal development, and prebiotics for gut health and proper immune function.
Hygain® Meta Safe® can be fed on its own when horses do not require grain to maintain ideal condition. It can also provide supplemental nutrients in home mixed diets or feeds when not fed at the recommended feeding rate.
Meta Safe® should be introduced to your horse’s diet gradually. Adjust intake according to pregnancy and lactation status, age, breed, growth rate, body condition, work load, and pasture/hay availability and quality.
In cases of obesity, laminitis, developmental orthopedic disease, or other ailments, the addition of Hygain® feeds with a quality forage may be suitable; however, it is always recommended that you seek professional assistance from your veterinarian and our nutrition team.
- Introduce Hygain® Meta Safe® to your horse’s diet gradually over a 7-10 day period.
- Feed by weight, not by volume.
- Feed a minimum of 1% of your horse’s body weight daily as roughage.
- Free choice salt should be offered at all times.
- Ensure horses have access to clean water.
- Do not add additional vitamins or minerals unless directed by a veterinarian or nutritionist.
- Contact Hygain® for additional dietary recommendations and nutritional solutions.
Frequently asked questions
Meta Safe® is low in starch and sugars and is a ration balancer with a recommended feeding rate of 1-2 lbs per day , which is most often ideal for a horse with health issues requiring low starch diets.
Perhaps not. Meta Safe® is the best match for horses that don’t need much more than hay to maintain ideal body condition. Thus, if you have a hard keeper you may consider one of our other products.
Yes! Meta Safe® is fully fortified to meet all of your horse’s nutrient requirements (in addition to the appropriate amount of forage for your horse).
Meta Safe® and Balanced® are both ration balancers. Meta Safe® has a lower starch content than Balanced® (<1.5% vs. 5%) and also contains Bonafide®, our Vitamin K1/K2 supplement for bone support. Meta Safe® is lower in energy and protein than Balanced®, making it ideal for the very easy keeper.