FREESTEP - WHO & WHAT WE ARE
Freestepsuperfix is the sole distributor of a range of unique products developed by a specialist Life Science company (Phytorigins) situated in Caernarfon, North Wales, an area which is rapidly developing as centre of excellence for Bioscience particularly in the of plant chemicals as medicine. Recently Edwina Hart, the Welsh Government Trade and Business Minister made 100 million pounds available for specific research projects which lead to cutting edge scientific product/technology development and the equine market has been the first to benefit. Please fill in our survey on laminitis which will be passed on to Bangor Uni as this is a unique opportunity to examine how or if environmental factors have a part to play in this devastating disease.
Whilst the anti oxidant capabilities of vitamins c and e are quite well understood, knowledge of plant anti oxidants is in its infancy in many respects particularly with regard to indigenous plant species known to attract horses such as gorse, holly, silver birch and blackberry.
With the WAG funding, Phytorigins is able to collaborate with the world renown chemistry department at Bangor University and IBERS at Aberystwyth to develop plant compounds for either medicines (antibiotics and sedatives) or functional foods to help prevent and combat some of the most chronic disease states such as laminitis, EMS, EGUS and Cushings.
At the moment it is a global leader in the production, development and research of sustainable UK plant compounds to combat obesity in the equine and companion animal market producing either daily supplements or ingredients to be included in the daily ration and described as functional foods. The compounds aid in weight control and normal insulin/glucose levels and also work to control the systemic inflammation which can be a consequence of obesity leading to many other disease states.
Growth in the nutraceutical is being driven by the enhanced efficiency of ingredients, which offer products with bio-therapeutic properties. The global market for nutraceuticals is projected to reach US$ 250 billion with the animal market forecast to reach US$ 50 billion driven by innovative research and unique compounds with health enhancing properties.
EQUINE METABOLIC SYNDROM & LAMINITIS
Equine Metabolic Syndrome is a body condition that starts with raised blood glucose levels and progresses into insulin resistance, obesity and laminitis. Recent research has shown that Metformin may be ineffective at normalising glucose/insulin levels in horses.
LAMINITIS 90% METABOLISM 10% FOOT
LAMINITIS IS A COMMON CONDITION AFFECTING MANY HORSES WORLDWIDE.....
JOIN OUR SAFER GRASS CAMPAIGN !!
We spent a great deal of time last year gathering grass samples from the old pasture at Caer Carreg y Fran, an ancient hill fort at the base of Snowdon in preparation for this year’s research project to analyse the grass content of native UK grass species. There has been a study to analyse the WSC content of some commonly used grass species to see if there were any ‘safe’ species to provide a suitable seed mix for pony paddocks. The study concluded that all the species analysed (rye/timothy/foxtail) were unsafe as they contained high quantities of sugar. There have been studies in America on grass species but none of the safe grass species are commonly grown or available in the UK.