10 ways to improve your horse’s gut health
Follow these guidelines when feeding horses to reduce the risk of colic, ulcers and other digestive disturbances.
1 – Maximise turnout – it increases natural fibre in the diet and reduce stress.
2 – Feed adequate amounts of good quality fibre (hay/haylage) – hay should be offered before grain.
3 – Empty stomachs shouldn’t happen, but if they do ensure an antacid such as Magnesium or Calcium is provided in the diet.
5 – Fresh water must be in constant supply, the average horse will consume 26 litres in a day.
6 – Prevent your horse from ingesting too much sand as this could result in Sand Colic. TRM’s SANDXPELL is specifically design to avoid such impactions.
7 – Consider a supplement that will both coat and nourish the epithelial cells lining the stomach. GNF is a product that offers this through its inclusion of Lamarina Algae and amino acids Threonine and Glutamine.
8 – Protect your horse’s ‘good’ microbial population – Prebiotics act as a food substrate for beneficial microbial populations in the hindgut. Frusto-Oligosccharides (FOS) is a beneficial Prebiotic in both GNF and SYNBIOVIT
9 – Consider a Probiotic – Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (the live probiotic in TRM’s SYNBIOVIT) increases nutrient digestibility by enhancing the activity of fibre-digesting bacteria in the hindgut, resulting in increased fibre digestion of forage and more efficient use of the vitamins and minerals from the diet.
10 – Feed a balanced diet high in fibre and supplement with GNF an all-round gut health supplement that is scientifically proven to work. GNF provides antacids, stomach lining properties, amino acids and prebiotics the complete Gut Nutrition Formula.
Digestive Aids in the TRM range include: