Essential K® (Canada), Pelleted, Low NSC Ration Balancer

Essential K® (Canada), Pelleted, Low NSC Ration Balancer

A low NSC ration balancer for idle, breeding, growing and performance horses.

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Essential K® is a low sugar/starch (NSC), no added iron ration balancer designed to be fed to easy-keeping or overweight horses, or used as a top-dress with any other Tribute® feed to provide additional vitamins, trace minerals and amino acids to support performance or enhance topline. This ration balancer is ideal for horses consuming hay or pasture that is 50% or less alfalfa (or other legumes). Essential K® is formulated with pre- and probiotics to support your horse’s digestive health.


  • Low sugar/starch (NSC) for horses with metabolic disorders and sensitivities.
  • A low feeding rate keeps calorie intake low for overweight and easy-keeping horses.
  • A low cost method of supplying essential nutrients.

Feeding Rate Calculator

Use our Feeding Rate Calculator to determine the proper feeding rate for your horse based on life stage, work level and body weight.

Meal Size & Frequency:

We recommend 2 or more meals per day. Do not exceed 5 lb per meal (4 lb for ponies, 6 lb for draft horses).

Provide at least 1.5% of your horse’s body weight in quality forage (hay/pasture) daily. (ex. 1,000 lb horse needs 15 lb of forage per day, minimum).

Be sure clean water is available at all times.

Learn how to safely transition your horse’s diet:

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (Min.): 28.00%
Crude Fat (Min.): 6.00%
Crude Fiber (Max.): 5.00%
Calcium (Ca) (Act.): 3.00%
Phosphorus (P) (Act.): 1.50%
Salt (NaCl) (Act.): 1.10%
Sodium (Na) (Act.): 0.40%
Copper (Cu) (Act.): 200 mg/kg
Zinc (Zn) (Act.): 400 mg/kg
Potassium (K) (Act.): 1.10%
Magnesium (Mg) (Act.): 0.40%
Fluorine (F) (Max.): 1 mg/kg
Manganese (Mn) (Act.): 240 mg/kg
Cobalt (Co) (Act.): 4 mg/kg
Iron (Fe) (Act.): 600 mg/kg
Iodine (I) (Act.): 4 mg/kg
Biotin (Min.): 5,400 mcg/kg
Thiamine (Min.): 66 mg/kg
Vitamin A (Min.): 66,000 IU/kg
Vitamin D (Min.): 5,500 IU/kg
Vitamin E (Min.): 2,200 IU/kg
Vitamin C (Min.): 110 mg/kg

This feed contains added selenium at 1.5 mg/kg.

Note: Feeding vitamins other than vitamins A, D, E, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine, and Thiamine to horses may not have a beneficial effect.

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Everything Your Horse Needs In A Single Bag

• Essential amino acids
• Organic trace minerals
• Antioxidants
• Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
• Pre- and probiotics
• Added biotin
• Select options with added joint support (see GC Plus products)

Tribute® Superior Equine Nutrition products are safely made in a facility in Upper Sandusky, Ohio that is free of ionophores and any other medications that may be harmful to horses. We stand behind our products with a 100% money back guarantee.