Your horse’s gut is his power station, and it’s from here that all of the nutrients you feed are dished out to the rest of his body. However, problems arise when his gut stops working at its best, most commonly if his digestive environment becomes too acidic. Keep him firing on all cylinders by supporting his digestive system with some tummy-friendly feeding. When analysing your horse’s feedbags, look out for…
- starch contentIn itself, starch isn’t a problem for many horses. However, overfeeding starch can lead to it entering your horse’s digestive system undigested, which can increase the pH of his hindgut, upsetting the natural balance
- pre- and pro-bioticsA popular addition to feeds, pre- and probiotics help to maintain a healthy gut environment. Prebiotics promote the natural growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine, and probiotics supports digestive health in the hindgut
- BETA Assurance MarkFeeds carrying the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) Assurance Mark to help owners identify feeds suitable for horses and ponies prone to equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS)
- forage and fibreThe unique structure of your horse’s digestive system is perfectly suited to maximising the affects of fibre and forage. Having ad-lib access to forage, or a fibre-based forage replacer or bucket feed, will increase acid-neutralising saliva production, buffering the acidic conditions
- oilA horse’s natural diet wouldn’t contain high amounts of oil or fat, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be beneficial to them. For a horse sensitive to starch, it may be easier to digest and a safer source of energy than starchy cereals
A healthy gut equals a healthy horse, so whether you’re hoping to maintain your horse’s overall health, or offer a little more specialised support, take a look at our pick of digestive products.