Digestion impacts more than you think. Find
out how supplements that support digestive
function can benefit your horse’s health.
My horse’s digestion is
normal. Does he still
need digestive support?
Because healthy digestion
is vital to wellbeing and
performance, many horses can benefit
from digestive support. Stress, aging,
illness, diet changes and training can
all cause your horse’s digestive system
to fall out of balance. This can result
in minor problems like a dull coat and
a grumpy attitude, or serious ones
like weight loss, diarrhea, ulcers and
colic. And because 65% of your horse’s
immune system is in his digestive
tract, poor digestive function can also
mean weakened immunity. Digestive
supplements can provide the help your
horse needs to manage stress and fend
off serious digestive problems.
What are Probiotics
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria
that live in the G.I. tract,
supporting your horse’s digestive and
immune function. These “good bugs”
break down food, produce energy and
certain vitamins, support G.I. cells,
and help keep harmful bacteria from
growing. Probios Powder contains four wellknown
strains of Probiotics.
Prebiotics are sources of
fiber that serve as food for
the beneficial bacteria, keeping them
and Ultra-Elite Digest
provide Probiotics and Prebiotics,
along with Digestive Enzymes, which
break down nutrients, supporting feed
utilization and nutrient absorption.
My horse is in heavy
training and trailered
frequently. How can I help him
maintain healthy digestion
despite this stress?
Consider a supplement that
combines hindgut and gastric
support. SmartDigest® Ultra contains Probiotics, Prebiotics,
Digestive Enzymes and Oat Beta
Glucan along with stomach support
from L-Glutamine and soothing herbs.
The digestive conditioner SUCCEED®
supports the entire
digestive tract with
Yeast, L-Glutamine, Oat
Beta Glucan and other
like Polar Lipids. Want
to know more about these ingredients?
Visit our ingredient glossary.
My horse has diarrhea.
What should I do?
First, be sure to contact your
veterinarian regarding any case
of diarrhea. Acute diarrhea should be
considered an emergency. Diarrhea that
lasts more than two weeks is considered
chronic, and may be caused by a change
in diet, intestinal parasites, sand,
antibiotic usage and other disruptions
to the beneficial bacteria in the gut.
Supplements may help with some cases
of chronic diarrhea. Since diarrhea
usually results from problems in the
horse’s hindgut, look for ingredients
that support healthy hindgut function
such as Probiotics, Prebiotics, Yeast, and
How can I change my
horse’s feed without
upsetting his digestive system?
Feed changes (including
changes in hay) can cause
serious digestive disruption.
Supplementing with the specific yeast
strain found in Yea-Sacc, along with Probiotics and
Prebiotics, has been shown to help
digestive bacteria adjust safely and
smoothly, helping to avoid colic
during feed transitions.
Is there anything I can do
to avoid colic?
Yes! Good management
practices like dental care,
a proper deworming program,
making feed changes gradually and
monitoring your horse’s water intake
are all key. Certain supplements may
also help reduce your horse’s risk. The
products already mentioned on this
page provide ingredients to help keep
your horse’s digestive system regular
and offer ideal support for any horse,
every day. In addition, hindgut buffers
like Equishure are
excellent for horses that colic from
starch overload caused by grain or
fresh grass. To avoid impactions,
encourage your horse to drink more
water by feeding an
or consider TractGard, which
Prebiotics and Antacids. Lastly, Daily
Dewormers may help
prevent colic by protecting the horse’s
G.I. tract from the inflammation and
scarring caused by strongyles.