Horse Digestive Supplements

Equine digestive systems are surprisingly delicate. Keeping the G.I. tract in balance is key to maintaining health and avoiding digestive upset. The hindgut is populated by beneficial bacteria that are essential to the digestive process. Supporting these microbes with ingredients like probiotics and prebiotics is one of the best ways to help your horse manage stress.

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    Supports optimal digestive health
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    Basic hindgut support
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    Med-Vet Pharmaceuticals (MVP)
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    Vets Plus, Inc Animal Health & Nutrition
    Economical probiotic formula
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    Auburn Laboratories Inc
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    Foxden Equine
    GI tract buffer, re-hydrator, & digestaid
    • Mineral salts, electrolytes, yeast, & linseed meal help maintain normal GI function
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    Kentucky Equine Research, Inc
    Proven time-released hindgut buffer
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    SmartPak Equine
    Maintains a balanced digestive tract
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    Vetri-Science Laboratories of Vermont
    Supports healthy digestive function
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    Grand Meadows
    Supports all stages of the digestion process
    • Multizyme, a blend of digestive enzymes & glutamine, supports the breakdown of nutrients
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    Alltech
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    SmartSupplements by SmartPak
    Supports the hindgut during times of stress
    • Includes prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes, & to support a healthy hindgut
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    Vets Plus, Inc Animal Health & Nutrition
    Treats with digestive support
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    Adeptus Nutrition, Inc
    Unique prebiotic supplement
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    Cytozyme Laboratories, Inc
    Helps maintain digestive efficiency
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Everything you need to know to help keep your horse's digestive system balanced and healthy.

What is colic?

Colic is a general, catch-all term used to refer to any sort of abdominal pain in horses (in layman's terms, it's a belly ache). While some cases may be so mild that you don’t even notice, a severe case of colic is a medical emergency. In fact, colic is responsible for more deaths in horses than any other condition.

Yikes! What can I do?

The best thing you can do for your horse is get educated (this article is a great place to start!). Knowing the risk factors can help you make smart management and dietary changes. Learning the warning signs can help you catch an episode early on, improving your horse’s chances of recovery. Last but not least, there are several supplement ingredients that have been clinically studied for their effect on digestive health.

Is my horse at risk?

The following risk factors have been proven* to increase a horse’s chances of experiencing a colic episode.

RISK: Increased stall time

A sudden increase in stall time, like an injured horse put on stall rest, can cause disruptions in normal digestive processes.

Smart Tip:

Maximize turnout time to keep your horse moving (and ideally grazing) to support normal gut motility. If you can’t turn out, try hand-walking and hand-grazing to mimic that natural meandering behavior.

RISK: Hay and grain changes

Changing your horse’s grain (type or amount) increases his risk of colic up to five times, while changes in hay increase the risk of colic a startling 10 times!

Smart Tip:

Keep your horse’s diet as consistent as possible. If you have to change feed or hay, make the change as gradually as you can (ideally over 7-10 days), and look for a digestive health supplement with yeast, probiotics and enzymes, which help keep the microbes of the hindgut happy during feed transitions.

RISK: Parasites

Heavy parasite loads may cause intestinal inflammation, predisposing horses to GI disturbance.

Smart Tip:

Keep your horse on a deworming program tailored to his individual needs.

RISK: Change in activity level

Changing your horse’s exercise routine (whether increasing or decreasing workload) has been linked to digestive upset.

Smart Tip:

Once again, it’s best to make changes as slowly as possible, and consider adding a digestive health supplement for support.

RISK: Ingesting sand

Horses turned out on sandy soil can accidentally take in sand, which builds up in the horse’s digestive tract and may cause loose stool and other digestive upset.

Smart Tip:

Research shows providing psyllium together with probiotics and prebiotics (like the combination in SmartSand Purge improves fecal sand clearance.

RISK: Dehydration

Healthy hydration is essential for healthy digestion. Without adequate water intake, horses may be at a greater risk for GI trouble, including impaction.

Smart Tip:

Make sure your horse always has clean, fresh water. If he’s a poor drinker or heavy sweater, add salt or an electrolyte like SmartLytes® Pellets. *Cohen ND, Factors predisposing to colic, 8th Congress on Equine Medicine and Surgery, 2003 White NA, Equine Colic II: Causes and risks for colic, 52nd Annual Convention of AAEP, 2006.

Research shows that...

...prebiotics can reduce disruption in the cecum and colon and inhibit the absorption of harmful bacteria in the hindgut. ...digestive enzymes can increase the proper digestion of sugars and starches in the foregut, reducing the incidence of hindgut acidosis (which may lead to colic and laminitis). ...yeast can improve fiber digestion and assist the beneficial bacteria of the cecum in adjusting to feed changes.

Warning signs of colic

Tell-tale signs of potential GI upset: • Pawing • Looking at, kicking or biting abdomen • Repeatedly lying down and getting up • Sitting in a dog-like position or lying on the back • Lip curling (Flehmen response) • Lack of bowel movements • Reduced or absent gut sounds • Not eating or drinking • Stretching out as if to urinate • Elevated respiratory rate • Elevated heart rate




Meet Kara and Grand Slam "Homer"

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Name: Grand Slam "Homer"
Breed: Dutch Warmblood
Age: 16
Discipline: Hunter/Jumper
Owner: Kara Jackson

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"After moving Homer to a new barn, I noticed he wasn’t acting like himself. Because of the stress that comes from a new barn, new hay and a new training program, we decided to support Homer’s digestive system with SmartDigest Ultra. Within a week we saw a difference in his appetite and demeanor. I feel that proactive care is important so this supplement will continue to be part of his program. I also take comfort in knowing that thanks to ColiCare, I may be eligible for $7500 of colic surgery reimbursement should Homer need it."

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