Digestion of feed in the horse involves actions of enzymes in the fore gut and fermentation of fibre in the hind gut.
As forage is the mainstay of the horse’s diet it is imperative that this is functioning properly.
The fermentation is done by a number of bacteria and other microbes. If the balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria becomes upset this can lead to a range of problems from inefficient digestion to illness.
Gut balancers contain pre-biotics (fructo-oligosaccharides) and pro-biotics (yeast) that work together to optimise conditions in the hindgut for microbial fermentation.
They can also contain the essential amino acids such as threonine important for gut health and mucus production, and also in immunity, alongside a range of vitamins.
The probiotic is ideal for use during and after antibiotic treatment which can disturb gut microflora, following digestive disturbances including colic and diarrhoea.
It is also good for horses that have concentrate feeds as part of their diet, and during periods of change such as alteration in diet, moving yards, box rest or competition travel.
Best Gut Balancers for Horses
Most gut balancers will contain saccharomyces yeast to stabilise the hindgut.
A great daily gut balancer, this choice is a good all-rounder for your horses and ponies.
This gut balancer contains a high level (1 x 1012 colony forming units per kg) of the favoured Saccharomyces cerevisiae 4b 1702 (NCYC SC47).
The palatable powder means that it's not such a fight getting your horse to take their measure, and it is ideal for those animals which are prone to upset stomachs.
Helping to restore and maintain a stable intestinal microflora, this gut balancer will normalise digestive function and efficiency, easing digestive troubles for your animal.
Best for: Daily use for any horse with digestive upset; during perioperative periods, post antibiotics, or during periods of stress or dietary change.
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This oral powder is prebiotic and postbiotic, and has been enriched with smectite clay minerals. Because of this addition, Coopers Gut Assist is absorbent and will support the gut during periods of stress or change which may affect your horse's digestion.
Easy to dilute in warm water, this gut balancer can be administered in your animal's water intake, or via syringe.
It is also suitable for both adult horses and ponies, as well as foals.
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This BETA NOPS approved product contains 10 vital minerals for a healthy gut.
Using pure salt from Cheshire, this Gut Lix is a tasty way to bring balance to your horse's gut. Perfect for animals who are fussy about taking their supplements, this salt lick comes in a delicious apple flavour and encourages healthy salivation.
Gut Lix can be placed in most salt lick containers and can be used all year round. It is particularly effective during the summer months when your animals may need to replace lost minerals.
It is made with Preplex® prebiotics which supports your horse's gut health and nourishes the beneficial bacteria already in the gut.
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this is the ideal choice if you are looking for a gut balancer that supports optimum body condition during periods of high energy, such as such as in-foal mares, young animals, and competition horses.
The ingredients in this gut balancer - naturally rich in free amino acids and amino acid derivatives including GABA - are specifically designed for nutritional recovery, convalescence and for horses that are finding it difficult to maintain condition.
Perfect for daily use, Coopers gut Support comes in pellets which can be mixed with feed or fed alone.
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Developed by Fellowes Farm Equine Clinic, this nutritional supplement promotes good digestive and gastric health in your horses and ponies.
Specially developed to help your animals during periods of diarrhoea, after deworming, for horses with digestive disorders and either before or after antibiotic treatment, or at times of stress.
Including high levels of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, this gut balancer has a palatable mint flavour and can be administered daily.
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