- Best Trait = Manufacturing location
- Worst Trait = Dosage of ingredients
Consider this product if…
- You have lots of money to waste
- You believe in placebo effect
- Mixing powders into your horse’s feed makes you feel good
I’m going to be straight with you… I’ve been using this product as a “buyer beware” example for quite some time. In my opinion, this product perfectly exemplifies the absence of an equine supplement regulatory industry. The fact that so many people feed this supplement is a glaring indication of the lack of good information. Many products have recently emerged with titles like “total care”. What that means exactly, depends on the company and their marketing tactics. To me this often means that the company is trying to be everything-in-one. I’d take that bait if the supplement was a comprehensive, balanced vitamin-mineral supplement, but for a company to suggest that 49 ingredients in 1/2 an ounce fed to any size horse will “prevent and resolve arthritis, osteoarthritis, joint problems, inflammation, and tendon injuries” is very concerning.
If you have read any of my previous reviews, you will know that I prefer to get to know products in reverse fashion. This means that I start at the bottom of the feed label and webpages to find very interesting things like disclaimers, refund policies, manufacturing locations, third party regulators and other surprises. With EquiSolute I found a link to TrustPilot- a web service that automatically feeds product reviews. EquiSolute has had 147 reviews, 25% of which are average, poor or bad. With something THIS expensive, I’d prefer that negativity to be lower considering that I’d be spending $522 per year at best and as much as $850 per year!
Company Information & Communication
EquiSolute did not respond to my request for product information. My questions included the following.
1. What is the number one advantage of your product over other “all in one” supplements on the USA market?
2. This product contains a surprisingly long list of ingredients at very small inclusion rates. Could you please elaborate on the decision of dosage and the scalability of that dosage to horses?
3. Of the 49 ingredients in this product, which are you the most proud of and why?
4. Please share the credentials of EquiSolute’s creator.
5. In your discussion of EquiSolute, you recommend that it not be fed to pregnant mares. Could you please explain the ingredients of concern and their potential effect on the mare or fetus?
6. Do you recommend that this product be fed along with/in addition to other vitamin-mineral supplements?
Something positive about their manufacturing is that they claim to be manufactured in an ISO-22000, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), and Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) laboratory. To learn more about these regulating bodies, click on the link. You will be taken to a new webpage.
The thing that really gets me about this supplement is the feeding directions. How can they claim to provide a meaningful amount of 49 ingredients in 0.5 ounces (14 grams) to a 1,100 pound animal? Even worse, they suggest the same amount regardless of size (a mini gets the same amount as a Clydesdale), age, and activity level. If we just take selenium for example, this supplement claims 4 mg per kg of Sel-Plex product. Assuming that the branded product Sel-Plex is 100% selenium, that’s 0.06 milligrams per 0.5 ounce serving size. To put that in context, that is 6% of the average horse’s daily selenium requirement of 1 mg/day. I could go on and on with more ingredients, but I’ll stop there.
The company suggests that this product not be fed to pregnant mares. They also suggest that you inform your veterinarian when putting your horse on EquiSolute Total Care.
It doesn’t really matter what the ingredients are, because if they are going to try to fit 49 of them in 0.5 ounces, the amounts are too insignificant to argue their efficacy.
Judging by the claims made on the supplement’s product page, the target of the ingredients seems to be inflammation. I’d be curious to learn which of the 49 ingredients they suggest are the most likely to decrease inflammation and what evidence they have to support that claim.
Again, a quick calculation of ingredient quantities per serving reveal disappointing results. If 100% of the Copper Amino Acid Chelate 16 % Feedgrade is copper, then 600 mg per kg of product offers 8.5 milligrams of copper in the prescribed 0.5 ounce dose. An average sized horse in no work, needs about 112 milligrams per day. That means that this supplement supplies 7.6% of requirement.
At the time of this review, EquiSolute Total Care bucket from their website cost $70 before shipping. That’s $2.33 per serving, and an ENORMOUS cost for the offering. If you buy three tubs at once, you can decrease that daily cost to $1.43. Considering that most joint supplement/anti-inflammatory products are going to start around that price, it may appear to be on-par with similar anti-inflammatory products. However, don’t be fooled. Read the feeding directions first!
This supplement had me at the feeding directions. Anyone who has taken the On Course Equine Nutrition webinar series knows that the feeding directions reveal a lot about the purpose and function of a product. You certainly don’t need to go any further with EquiSolute Total Care to know that it’s a bad decision to purchase. Will it harm your horse, no, but it will harm your pocket book, make your partner grumpy about the daily cost of your horse, and take more time preparing your grain baggies for the barn.