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Trim 1.4Kg

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Supplement to boost sugar and fat metabolism to help strip off cresty necks and fat deposits in overweight horses


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A natural supplement to help reduce fat stores in overweight horses and regain health and vitality.

TRIM™ normalises sugar and fat metabolism in horses to help strip off ‘cresty’ necks and abnormal fat deposits safely and easily. TRIM™ is especially helpful to horses with a history of laminitis, or those developing intolerance to sugar due to Equine Metabolic Syndrome or Insulin Resistance.

TRIM™ provides many specific nutrients, including:

  • Magnesium, which has a role in supporting normal metabolic function and glucose utilisation in body cells, especially with diets low in magnesium.
  • Organic chromium, for natural regulation of glucose metabolism.
  • Choline and manganese, which have a role in the metabolism of fats.
  • Vitamin C to help production of metabolism co-factors and breakdown fats in the body.
  • Many other vitamins and minerals that act in synergy to support normal sugar and fat metabolism, including B group vitamins and organic zinc, which are especially important when feeding restricted, weight-reducing diets.


Before and After Trim


If a horse or pony has a hard, ‘cresty’ neck and fat deposits on its tail-butt, it may be more prone to developing laminitis due to Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) or Insulin Resistance (IR).

Press on the neck and tail-butt at 2 day intervals to evaluate the risk of impending laminitis in these at-risk horses. If the areas are hard and firm, supplement with TRIM™ at double doses for 7 - 10 days, or until the fat deposits become soft.

Combine TRIM™ supplementation with a reduced soluble sugar (water soluble carbohydrate (WSC)) intake by soaking hay or feeding a low GI (low calorie) diet for effective weight management and reduced risk of laminitis.

Refer to 'Directions for Use' section for Trim™ Dosage Rates.


Directions for Use


TRIM™ is formulated to provide a range of nutrients which have a role in normal metabolic functions.  These nutrients have been selected to make-up shortfalls in the diets of horses restricted to low GI or low calorie rations, especially when hay is soaked to remove sugars and non-structural carbohydrates, which also leaches out many important water soluble nutrients.  Magnesium has a role in maintaining normal metabolism and is often inadequate in low GI diets.  Chromium, included only in an organic ‘chelated’ form, is considered to have a role in the normal regulation of glucose metabolism.  Manganese and choline has a role in the metabolism of fats.  The other selected vitamins have roles in general metabolism for optimum health and vitality. 


Dose Rates

Providing at least 30 minutes of exercise at the walk and trot each day is also an important adjunct to weight reduction in horses and ponies. 

One level scoopful of TRIM™ delivers 20g.

Horses               550-650kg bodyweight      25g (1¼ scoopsful) morning and evening (50g daily).

Horses               450-550kg bodyweight      20g (1 scoopful) morning and evening (40g daily).

Horses/Ponies 350-450kg bodyweight      15g (¾ scoopful) morning and night (30g daily).

Minatures         120-150kg bodyweight      10g (½ scoopful) morning and night (20g daily).

The daily supplement rate is based on the body weight of a horse or pony at the start of an energy (calorie) controlled or low GI diet.  The daily rate can be reduced to half daily rates once an optimum body weight is reached to help maintain a normal trim condition.  Soaking hay leaches out many soluble trace-minerals, vitamins, and salts.  A daily dietary supplement of trace-minerals and other vitamins, such as Kohnke’s Own® Cell-Provide™, Kohnke’s Own® Cell-Vital™ or Kohnke’s Own® Cell-Perform™, as well as a salt mix, is recommended to meet shortfalls in the diet, especially when soaked hay is the roughage base of the calorie controlled ration. 

NOTE:   Restricting grass intake and feeding soaked hay should form the basis of a calorie controlled diet.  Hay is best soaked for 60 minutes in twice its volume of luke-warm water to leach out soluble sugars and limit energy intake, and then drained and air dried prior to feeding.  At least half the hay by weight should be fed as soaked alfalfa hay or crumbled cubes to provide calcium and protein.  If alfalfa hay or cubes are not provided, then a low GI protein supplement, such as full fat soyabean meal or rapeseed canola meal, should be included in the ration.


Magnesium, Organic Chromium and Choline Supplement for Horses


Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ provides a range of important nutrients to correct shortfalls in the common low GI fibrous and soaked hay rations fed to horses on weight reducing, low calorie diets.

It can also be used to supplement prepared commercial low GI diets, where the full recommended feeding rate is not fed and other high fibre feeds, such a sugar beet and soaked hay,  are added to make-up the bulk of feed.  

Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ is formulated to provide specific nutritional support to horses and ponies on calorie controlled diets which are overweight or obese and which have hard ‘cresty’ necks and abnormal fat deposits behind the shoulders and tail butt area. 

These signs are associated with conditions such as Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) and Insulin Resistance (IR), as a result of grass high in soluble sugar compounds and non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs), or the long term feeding of sweetened or processed feeds which contain high levels of starch and  soluble NSC energy sources.

Q.   How does Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ provide nutritional support to horses on weight reducing, low calorie (low GI) diets?

A.    Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ has been formulated and tested in field trials over the past 7 years to supplement the following nutrients in the feeds provided to horses on weight reducing, low GI (controlled calorie) diets.


Magnesium is an important mineral involved in the normal metabolic function and utilisation of glucose in body cells.  The magnesium in Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ helps ensure normal uptake and activity in supporting a low GI, weight reducing diet.

Organic Chromium

Chromium is nutritionally recognised as the Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF), as it is considered a role in the normal regulation glucose metabolism to support the action of insulin in its control of blood sugars. 


Choline is an amino acid which also has a role in the metabolism of fats and is a methyl donor to help the normal  liver breakdown fats as they circulate after being mobilised from the fat stores of horses on weight reducing, low GI diets.


Q.     Why does Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ contain Vitamin C? Is it beneficial?

A.     Vitamin C is naturally synthesised in the liver from glucose.  A horse produces up to 21 grams of Vitamin C each day to meet its needs of this important antioxidant, collagen and immune support vitamin.  Vitamin C is also necessary for the natural synthesis of carnitine, an amino acid involved in the normal metabolism of fats in the liver and tissues. Where a horse is maintained on a diet which is low in glucose and NSC’s to help it lose weight and in the management of EMS and IR, it is possible that the animal may not be able to synthesise sufficient Vitamin C from glucose on a low GI diet.  Vitamin C, as calcium ascorbate, is included in Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ as a stable form of Vitamin C which is less affected by nutrient interaction in the supplement, or mineral additives mixed into  dampened feed.


Q.     Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ also contains Organic Zinc and Organic Manganese.  Why?

A.     Where diets are low in NSC’s and protein is limited, zinc is an important trace-mineral required for normal metabolic function and the maintenance of protein assimilation. Manganese is a trace-mineral which has a role in collagen synthesis and normal control of glucose and fat metabolism within tissue cells.  Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ contains both of these important trace-minerals in organic ‘chelated’ form to help ensure an adequate dietary intake in horses, particularly where more fibrous feeds and soaked hay, where soaking leaches out water soluble nutrients, form the basis of the low GI or reduced calorie ration to aid weight loss.


Q.     Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ provides selected B group vitamins as well.  Is there a reason?

A.     Horses normally synthesise their own B group vitamins to meet their needs as a by-product of microbial fermentation in the hindgut. The specific B group vitamins provided in Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ have important roles in normal glucose and fat metabolism. They are water soluble and may be leached out if hay is soaked to reduce its NSC content.


Q.     Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ smells ‘yeasty’ with a vanilla and Fenugreek fragrance.  Why?

A.     Often horses on low GI diets of sugar beet, soyabean hulls and soaked hay, with limited access to grass, often have difficulty in maintaining their normal appetite and interest in the low GI diet.  Field trials over three years on hundreds of horses, found that a combined yeast and fenugreek aroma was helpful in attracting a horse’s interest in eating a bland feed mix when restricted to fibrous feeds and soaked hay.  The yeast also provides natural B group vitamins and digestive aids which may also help to maintain a normal appetite.


Q.     Why is it important to ensure that at least 30%-50% of the total hay by weight fed each day is recommended as soaked alfalfa hay to a horse on low GI feeds?

A.     On the label of Kohnke’s Own® Trim™, specific directions are included to feed a blend of soaked alfalfa and cereal/grass hay to limit sugar and NSC intake as part of a low GI diet.  The reason for including 30%-50% by weight of soaked alfalfa hay is to provide a natural source of high quality protein (15%-17%) and calcium, as these important nutrients are often low in fibrous, calorie controlled hay and sugar beet based diets.  Where soaked alfalfa hay is not included in the weight reducing diet, then a non-starch protein meal, such as full fat soyabean meal or rapeseed / canola cake meal, should be included to provide an adequate intake of crude protein.  If soaked alfalfa is not provided, then a supplement of calcium and phosphorus should also be added, such as 10g (½ tablespoonful) of dicalcium phosphate (DCP) per 100kg body weight, daily to the feed mix. 


NOTE:  Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ provides a high concentration of magnesium which is often low in low GI diets.  On a low alfalfa, or no alfalfa based calorie controlled diet, it is recommended that Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ be added to a separate area of the feed mix and the calcium supplement to another area. It is important to avoid competition for uptake between these essential minerals.  Where Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ is only supplemented once daily, then a calcium supplement is best added to another meal to help avoid mineral inter-action.


Where soaked hay forms the feed base and soluble nutrients are leached out by soaking, an additional supplement of trace-minerals and vitamins may be needed, such as Kohnke’s Own® Cell-Provide™ , Kohnke’s Own® Cell-Vital™ or Kohnke’s Own® Cell Perform™ to make-up any nutrient shortfalls in the soaked hay.


Q.   Does Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ need to be supplemented on a daily basis for long periods?

A.    No.  Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ helps support a low GI, weight reducing or ‘stripping out’ diet to help normal weight control.  Once a horse or pony has lost weight and its ‘cresty’ neck and tail-butt fat has softened and decreased due to the low calorie diet and daily exercise, the supplement rate of Kohnke’s Own® Trim™ can be reduced to half the daily starting rate relative to its lower body weight and condition. It can be removed from the diet if the horse has trimmed down and the risk of repeated sore feet and laminitis has been minimised by dietary control.


Pack Sizes: 1.4 kg and 4 kg packs.

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