The Keys to Equine Digestive Health
For horses that regularly graze on live grass or pasture they will get these “three amigos” naturally. But for horses that have little to no graze time or are under higher stresses (performance horses or horses that or ill or injured, horses being hauled for long distances, etc.) these key essentials to equine digestion, will need to be supplemented. To maintain proper digestion horses need prebiotics, equine probiotics, and equine digestive enzymes.
Does your horse's current diet include support for these essentials to equine digestive health?
1. Equine Prebiotic
A prebiotic is a non-digestible food ingredient that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines. It helps maintain a healthy environment for the microbial population that promotes the proper function of the horse's digestive tract. The large intestine of the horse has over 400 different kinds of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. This is one reason it is important to feed an equine digestive supplement that supports this microbial environment.
2. Equine Probiotic
Animals and humans both are full of beneficial bacteria and microorganisms that promote health and balance of the body. Probiotics are strains of bacteria that are known to benefit the body. It is best if you can use species specific probiotics when available. There are many supplements that claim to contain probiotics… if you do not see any benefits when adding it to your horse's diet it is a flag that either the supplement does not contain active or optimal probiotic strains or your horse's GI tract needs additional support to balance pH and the environment of the GI tract.
3. Equine Digestive Enzymes
The horse's body is made up of trillions of cells, and there are different cells for different functions. Enzymes are what make chemical reactions in cells happen. They are vital for life and serve a wide range of functions in the body, including aiding in digestion and metabolism. The horse's small intestine utilizes enzymes for digestion, so it is important to supplement equine digestive enzymes. Especially if yours horse does not have regular access to living grass and pasture to graze.
Don't Allow Dangerous Digestive Problems Linger-
In my content, I share the story of supporting my mare through health concerns, naturally, after traditional methods had failed and euthanasia became the only recommendation veterinarians had for her. Part of our mission has to do with the success I had in helping her, and wanting that for your horse…
The reality is Pokey had been “telling” me for years that there was a concern, but sadly the vets and other equine professionals and mentors I had at the time told me the things I noticed were no big deal! So I created a free pdf guide that shares 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems. Click Here to download your copy today.
Pokey struggled with #3 on this list for years and yet I was told she was just lazy and it was a training/behavioral problem. Don't let others misguide you or silence what your horse wants you to know.
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