Readigrass

Readigrass is very flexible in how it can be fed. You can use a couple of scoops in a bucket feed as a chaff alternative, or a small amount as a treat. You can also use it as a partial, or complete hay replacer. We would recommend using a big tubtrug, to allow feeding ad lib.

 Most horses enjoy ReadiGrass dry, however it can be dampened slightly with water. As with all new feeds, please introduce any changes gradually, to allow your horse to adapt. Always ensure fresh water is available.

ReadiGrass is very versatile in how it can be fed, which determines the quantity you will feed. Always work out your horse’s feed requirement based on their weight, body condition score and workload.

 A handful of ReadiGrass can be fed as a treat, or ½ - 2 scoops can be fed as a chaff alternative in the bucket feed. When feeding as a partial or complete hay replacer Readigrass has less water content, and is therefore lighter than hay, so you would feed less weight than you would in your haynet.

Yes, ReadiGrass is ideal for both older horses and those with dental problems. It is a shorter and softer product compared to long stem fibres meaning horses find it much easier to chew. This avoids the problems of forage being dropped, balled up or wasted. Horses who struggle to graze naturally due to dental problems or tooth loss will find ReadiGrass much easier to chew.

Readigrass is very similar to good grazing, as we only take the water out. This means that it has the same, naturally-occurring sugars as fresh grass. For this reason, we cannot recommend it to horses with Cushings, or those prone to laminitis.

ReadiGrass is not freeze dried. It is dried under a low heat which gently removes the water content in the grass, but preserves the high nutrient content as well as the aroma and colour of fresh grass.

Unopened, ReadiGrass will last indefinitely. Once opened, ReadiGrass should be stored correctly in a dry place away from direct sunlight to preserve its freshness.

Yes. Readigrass is a natural product. This means that, although we use the same blend of ryegrass seeds, in the same fields at our farm in Yorkshire, using the same drying process; Readigrass is prone to natural variation across the season.

We do not add anything, and all we remove is the water, preserving the grass as it comes straight from the field. In this pure state, it can vary from bright green, to pale green, to even having a little brown in. Every batch is quality checked before being released for sale.

If you have any concerns about the appearance of your ReadiGrass please contact our team for advice, using the contact page, or emailing us at: info@friendshipestates.co.uk

Even though it is marketed for horses, the Readigrass 15kg is becoming increasingly popular as an economic option, for small pet owners who have the space to store it.

Readigrass 15kg and Friendly Readigrass 1kg are made from grasses grown in the same fields in our farm in Yorkshire. They also go through the same drying process. Readigrass has a slightly higher protein content than the Friendly Readigrass (15% vs. 12%), but both are within the recommended levels for rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small pets.

Yes, Readigrass is very popular for all types of poultry. It provides all the nutrients of fresh grass, all-year-round. This can be fed as a treat, or part of a balanced diet.

Yes. Readigrass is suitable for most grazing animals. It is a Ryegrass blend, similar to what you find in grazing pastures. All we do is remove the water, preserving all the nutrients of fresh grass.

HorseHage

Generally speaking you should feed at least the same quantity of HorseHage by weight as you would hay, and as part of a balanced diet.


HorseHage is baled the same size as a normal bale of hay. It is then highly compressed down in to an easy to handle bag, meaning it still splits into wedges for ease of use. On average it will provide the forage requirements of a 500kg horse for 3 days.

Yes! HorseHage is a perfect option for any horse or pony with a respiratory problem as it is dust free!  All horses and ponies, even those without a respiratory problem will benefit from being fed HorseHage rather than hay, due to its nutrient content and dust-free nature. It has been shown that an environment with dust and mould present is harmful to horses and humans, so it is better to prevent respiratory problems in the first instance.

There is no need to soak HorseHage as it is dust free and has a known nutrient content. Generally hay is soaked to remove dust and to reduce its nutritional value (often the nutrient content of hay is unknown and sugar and protein levels can vary a lot). The particular fermentation process involved in making HorseHage reduces the amount of naturally occurring sugars in the grass therefore meaning it is considerably lower in sugar than hay and thus means that HorseHage does not need to be soaked.

Unopened, a bale of HorseHage will last for up to 18 months. An open bale should be used within 5-7 days.


Older horses have an increased requirement for quality nutrition, primarily from forage rather than concentrate so yes HorseHage is ideal for veterans. It will provide the energy they need to maintain or increase condition, is dust free, quality guaranteed, and is very palatable encouraging them to eat. The variety of HorseHage you choose for your veteran will depend on their overall body condition.

HorseHage High Fibre is generally suited to leisure horses and ponies in light to medium work who require a lower calorie diet, as well as those at rest or convalescing. It can also be fed to competition horses who are being fed high levels of concentrate and therefore require more fibre from their forage

Typically, both High Fibre and Timothy offer the same energy level 7-10 MJ/Kg

Yes, High Fibre is suitable for horses with laminitis or cushings as it has a lower energy and protein level. The particular fermentation process involved in making HorseHage reduces the amount of naturally occurring sugars in the grass therefore meaning it is considerably lower in sugar than other forages.


HorseHage Timothy is generally suited to leisure horses and ponies in light to medium work who require a lower calorie diet, as well as those at rest or convalescing.

Typically, both High Fibre and Timothy offer the same energy level 7-10 MJ/Kg.

Yes, Timothy is suitable for horses with laminitis or cushings as it has a lower energy and protein level. The particular fermentation process involved in making HorseHage reduces the amount of naturally occurring sugars in the grass therefore meaning it is considerably lower in sugar than other forages.

HorseHage Ryegrass is generally suited to horses in medium to hard work, and those requiring more from their forage, as well as breeding stock and youngstock.

Although HorseHage Ryegrass is low in sugar, in most cases no, this is not suitable for horses and ponies with laminitis or cushings due to the higher level of protein and energy it provides.   Generally, horses with laminitis or cushings require a calorie-controlled diet high in fibre and lower in protein and energy. Please see HorseHage High Fibre or Timothy for a suitable forage option.


Both HorseHage Ryegrass and HorseHage high fibre are made from the ryegrass variety of grass. HorseHage Ryegrass is cut at an earlier growth stage which gives it the higher protein and energy levels as the grass is younger and leafier. HorseHage High Fibre is cut at a later growth stage when the grass is more mature and therefore has lower energy and protein levels.


Due to its high nutrient value HorseHage Alfalfa is ideal for horses in hard work such as racehorses and high-level competition horses. It is also excellent for broodmares, breeding stock and youngstock to aid growth, pregnancy and milk production

Although HorseHage Alfalfa is low in sugar, no, this isn’t suitable for horses with laminitis or cushings due to the high level of protein and energy it provides. Please see HorseHage High Fibre or Timothy for a suitable forage option.

Yes, HorseHage Alfalfa can be fed to goats and they very much enjoy it!

Alfalfa is a legume which means it is a member of the pea-family and is also known as Lucerne. It is a deep-rooting plant, with nitrogen-fixing nodules on its roots, so when established needs no nitrogen fertilisers to be applied to the crop . As it is a perennial plant, once it is established in a field it can be cropped for 3-4 years and has the advantage of being drought resistant.


Alfalfa does have a different taste to grass forage but the majority of horses really enjoy tucking in to it!

Mollichaff

Horses have evolved to eat a diet high in fibre and in the wild they would spend many hours of the day grazing which is why they are know as ‘trickle feeders’. Within the horse’s hindgut there a millions of micro-organisms which break down the digestible fibre, and release energy which the horse can then use. If the delicate balance of these micro organisms is upset, either from not feeding enough fibre or feeding too much concentrate, it can result in health and performance problems in the horse. Fibre from forage should make up 80% of the horse’s overall diet.

Chaff is dried and chopped forage. There are many different types of chaff available such as chopped straw, grass, alfalfa, hay, or a combination of these. Chaff helps to provide the important fibre requirement in a horse’s diet, alongside hay or haylage. Chaff is commonly used to bulk out concentrate and to reduce bolting of feeds. Chaff also helps to satisfy the horses need to trickle feed and encourages longer chewing time. This in turn increases saliva production, and the alkaline saliva together with the presence of fibre in the stomach helps to buffer and neutralise stomach acid.

Predominantly, horses and ponies with laminitis or cushings require a low calorie, low sugar and starch diet. We have a number of products within our range which are specifically suited to those with laminitis or cushings. These are Mollichaff Hoofkind, Mollichaff Donkey and Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil.  

Horses and ponies with ulcers should ideally be kept as natural as possible. This includes maximum time spent grazing, and ad-lib access to forage if and when stabled. Any bucket feed should be high in fibre and as low in starch as possible to help buffer the stomach acid. Alfalfa is a great natural acidity buffer so any feed that contains alfalfa is ideal. The most suitable products within our range are Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil, Mollichaff Hoofkind, Mollichaff Calmer and Mollichaff Donkey (add links). The latter 3 are complete fibre feeds containing broad spectrum vitamins and minerals so when fed at the correct levels no addition of concentrate feed is required.

Mollichaff Original is made from high quality wheat straw with a light dressing of molasses and added limestone.

Mollichaff Original should be fed as part of a balanced diet. It can be used to bulk up your bucket feeds and provide the fibre a horse needs. Depending on the size, weight, condition and workload of your horse, we would recommend feeding ½ - 2 scoops per bucket feed. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us.

Applechaff is made from a high-quality wheat straw, with a light dressing of molasses and added limestone. It also contains real diced apple pieces as well as apple flavouring.

Applechaff should be fed as part of a balanced diet. It can be used to bulk up your bucket feeds and provide the fibre a horse needs. Depending on the size, weight, condition and workload of your horse, we would recommend feeding ½ - 2 scoops per bucket feed. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us.

Yes they really do! Applechaff is extremely palatable and can be helpful when trying to disguise medication in a feed.

Mollichaff Herbal is made from a high-quality oat straw with a variety of herbs including Garlic, Mint, Rosemary, and Golden Rod. It also contains a light dressing of molasses and limestone.

Mollichaff Herbal should be fed as part of a balanced diet. It can be used to bulk up your bucket feeds and provide the fibre a horse needs. Depending on the size, weight, condition and workload of your horse, we would recommend feeding ½ - 2 scoops per bucket feed. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us

Mollichaff Extra is made from high quality wheat straw, with a light dressing of molasses and added limestone. It also contains a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement.

Mollichaff Extra should be fed as part of a balanced diet. It can be used to bulk up your bucket feeds and provide the fibre a horse needs. Depending on the size, weight, condition and workload of your horse, we would recommend feeding ½ - 2 scoops per bucket feed. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us.

Although Mollichaff Extra has added vitamins and minerals, it isn’t a complete feed on it’s own. It should be fed as part of a balanced diet.

ShowShine is made from a high quality oat straw, with soya oil, a light coating of molasses and added limestone.

Mollichaff Showshine should be fed as part of a balanced diet. It can be used to bulk up your bucket feeds and provide the fibre a horse needs. Depending on the size, weight, condition and workload of your horse, we would recommend feeding ½ - 2 scoops per bucket feed. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us.

Yes they really do! Showshine is extremely palatable, and can be helpful when trying to disguise medication in a feed. Your feed room will smell great too!

Mollichaff Veteran is made from a blend of high quality oat straw, dried grass and dried alfalfa, with a dressing of linseed, soya oil and molasses. It has added vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, mint, nettle, salt and biotin.

Mollichaff Veteran should be fed as part of a balanced diet. It can be used to bulk up your bucket feeds and provide the fibre a horse needs. Depending on the size, weight, condition and workload of your horse, we would recommend feeding ½ - 2 scoops per bucket feed. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us.

Yes, Mollichaff Veteran is a soft chaff so is easy to chew for a horse with dental problems. It can also be used as a partial hay replacer if the horse is struggling to chew long stemmed forage.

Yes, despite it’s name Mollichaff Veteran is also a great product for young horses as it is higher in protein and energy than some other chaffs. It also has added linseed and soya oil, nettle which are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, limestone and biotin which will all help to give young horses the best start.

Mollichaff HoofKind is made from a blend of high quality oat straw, alfalfa and fibre pellets with soya oil, a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement, antioxidants, biotin and trace elements.

This can be fed as a normal chaff (a couple of scoops a day, as part of a balanced diet); or it can be fed as a complete feed, using the above guide.

E.g. for a 16hh horse weighing 500Kg, you would feed 2.5kg a day. This is roughly 5 round Stubbs scoops, to be split over their morning and evening feed.

Yes! Mollichaff Hoofkind was specifically developed for horses and ponies prone to laminitis and those with cushings. They require a diet which is low in sugar and starch, but still provides fibre and vitamins and minerals which this product offers. It is low in calories, providing a low level of controlled energy for work. It also has added biotin for increased hoof health. When fed at the recommended level as a complete feed nothing else needs to be added.

No, it is a complete feed on its own.  If you are feeding Mollichaff Hoofkind at the recommended levels as per the feeding guide then it is providing your horse with all of its required daily vitamins and minerals and you do not need to feed a balancer or mix.

Calmer is made from a blend of high quality oat straw, dried grass and fibre pellets with soya oil, a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement, limestone and trace elements. It also has a variety of added herbs including Camomile, Lemon Balm and Mint.

This can be fed as a normal chaff (a couple of scoops a day, as part of a balanced diet); or it can be fed as a complete feed, using the above guide.

E.g. for a 16hh horse weighing 500kg, you would feed 2.5kg a day. This is roughly 5 round Stubbs scoops, to be split over their morning and evening feed.

No, it is a complete feed on its own.  If you are feeding Mollichaff Calmer at the recommended levels as per the feeding guide then it is providing your horse with all of its required daily vitamins and minerals and you do not need to feed a balancer or mix.

Mollichaff Condition is made from a blend of high quality oat straw, alfalfa, dried grass and fibre pellets, with barley, soya flakes, soya oil, mint and a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement. It also has additional Yea-sacc and a prebiotic.

This can be fed as a normal chaff (a couple of scoops a day, as part of a balanced diet); or it can be fed as a complete feed, using the above guide.

E.g. for a 16hh horse weighing 500kg, you would feed 2.5kg a day. This is roughly 5 round Stubbs scoops, to be split over their morning and evening feed.

No, it is a complete feed on its own.  If you are feeding Mollichaff Condition at the recommended levels as per the feeding guide then it is providing your horse with all of its required daily vitamins and minerals and you do not need to feed a balancer or mix.

Prebiotics help to maintain a healthy digestive environment and promote the health of micro-orgaisms which are present in the horse's digestive tract. These micro-organisms are vital for efficient digestion. Yea-sacc is a natural highly concentrated yeast culture which stimulates the micro-organisms in the hindgut to increase fibre digestion and energy release. It also helps to stabilise the pH in the hindgut which allows the healthy gut bacteria to grow. 

Mollichaff Donkey is made from a blend of high quality oat straw, dried grass and fibre pellets, with soya oil and a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement. It also has added magnesium, limestone, Camomile, Mint and Lemon Balm.

This can be fed as a complete feed, using the above guide.

E.g. for a Standard donkey, you would feed 0.5kg a day. This is roughly 1 big Stubbs scoop, which can be split over their morning and evening feed.

Donkeys, like horses, have evolved to eat a high fibre diet. In the wild they would likely only have access to arid scrub land where they would browse fibrous plant material in small amounts throughout the day. They are very efficient at getting the most out of what they eat so anything other than fibre often provides too many calories causing them to quickly put on weight. Fibre is also important for Donkeys to maintain a healthy gut function.

Donkeys have a lower nutrient requirement than horses as they have naturally evolved to eat the roughest forage in very dry places. Our green British pastures, and even the most basic horse feeds are often too rich for donkeys, which is why so many of them struggle with their weight. We have designed Mollichaff Donkey to be a super-low-calorie option, with vitamins and minerals specially formulated for donkeys.

Yes, Mollichaff Donkey can also fed to horses and ponies. It is particularly suitable to smaller native breeds such as Shetlands, Falabellas and Exmoors, who are often very good doers, as well as those prone to laminitis. Most horse feeds can be too high in calories and other nutrients for these ponies, whereas Mollichaff Donkey which has a lower calorie content is ideal.

No, it is a complete feed on its own.  If you are feeding Mollichaff Donkey at the recommended levels as per the feeding guide then it is providing your horse with all of its required daily vitamins and minerals and you do not need to feed a balancer or mix.

Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil is made from a legume called Alfalfa, also known as Lucerne. This goes through a slightly different process to straw, as it is collected and then dried under a low heat instead of being left to dry in the field.

Alfalfa is a rich source of digestible fibre, but it has a higher protein level than straw. This makes it a great alternative to replace concentrate in the diet as it can offer a desired slow release energy level without causing fizziness or excitability associated with grain feed. Alfalfa is also naturally low in sugar and starch. Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil doesn’t contain any molasses like many straw-based chaffs.

Yes, Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil can be fed to a laminitic horse and those with cushings as Alfalfa is naturally low in sugar. However it should be fed in small quantities as the added oil could make it too calorific for an overweight horse or pony.

Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil is an ideal product for horses with ulcers. Alfalfa is naturally low in starch, and high in protein and calcium which has an increased buffering effect against the stomach acid. It also encourages prolonged chewing and saliva production. It can be used as a high fibre natural replacement for concentrate in the diet as it can offer a desired slow release energy without the high levels of starch often found in grain feeds.

No, Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil does not contain any molasses.