With Spring on the approach, common ailments such as laminitis will start to be a concern. Make sure you’re checking on your horse to ensure their digestive health is as positive as it possibly can be.
Horses are constant grazers and although this is a healthy habit, there are some concerns that you need to monitor during spring, to ensure your horse is as healthy as it is happy.
Proper horse diet
The microbial mix and pH of the hindgut varies in response to the horses diet. Dysbiosis (imbalance) of this microbiome can result anytime fructan levels in pasture increase or when large quantities of carbohydrates are fed. In research trials, EquiShure®, a KER-exclusive time-released hindgut buffer, prevented the drastic drop in hindgut pH associated with high d-lactate production resulting from rapid starch and sugar fermentation after sudden pasture access or a large grain meal.
Ulcer management strategy
Research has shown that as many as 90% of horses in training have some level of stomach damage. Neigh-Lox® contains a combination of rapidly acting antacids, capable of neutralising the amount of gastric acid typically produced over a six-hour period. Recommend Neigh-Lox as part of your customers ulcer management strategy.
You know (and recommend) Triacton as a research-proven pelleted supplement designed to bone density – but did you know it’s marine derived calcium source is also an effective gastric and hindgut buffer. Recent studies at Kentucky Equine Research, have shown that omeprazole (used in Ulcer treatment) use can reduce calcium digestibility by 20%. However, the greater digestibility of the calcium in KER BMC combined with its greater solubility at higher pH means that KER BMC is less affected by omeprazole than traditional calcium sources such as limestone.