Probiotics are a live microbial feed
supplement which can benefit the horse by enhancing and improving the microbial balance
within the horses gut, resulting in the improved maintenance of good health and condition.
A multi-strain will also promote the efficient digestion of food leading to reduced feed
costs and enhance the body's defence mechanism to disease.
A probiotic supplement for horses can help to
Keep the digestive system in balance.
Reduce the risk of digestive upset caused
by change of diet.
Promote efficient digestion and reduce feed
Protect against gastric problems caused by
Protect against the effects of stressful
situations such as travel, competition, racing, change of environment, illness, weaning
Reduce unwanted side-effects from
Keep the immune system boosted.
increase milk production from lactating
mares and increase early growth in foals.
Maintain overall good health and condition.
Reduce the incidence of persistent and
MICROFLORA AND THE DIGESTIVE
The horses digestive system has evolved to
process large quantities of high fibre forage on an almost continuous
basis. Due to the requirements of competition and modern management the horse has to
utilise high energy diets. In order to break this down to digestible products it relies on
the assistance of billions of beneficial micro-organisms which live in the gut. These
micro-organisms produce enzymes that convert food into its basic constituents which can be
readily absorbed through the horses gut wall. A probiotic presentation should comprise up
to seven strains of naturally occurring micro-organisms including yeasts. These have been
chosen to survive the acidity of the stomach and for their ability to multiply rapidly,
colonise the gut and replace microflora which has been removed through illness or stress.
Probiotics promote efficient digestion and ensures optimum use of the horses feed. Use of
a probiotic has been shown to increase digestibility of essential minerals such as calcium
and zinc. Elements of the microflora are responsible for the production and
bioavailability of B group vitamins.
AND THE EFFECTS OF COMPETITION AND TRAVEL
The delicate balance of microflora within the gut can easily
be disturbed by stresses such as competition, travel and changes in diet. This will reduce
the efficiency of the digestive system and may result in problems such as scouring or
invasion by unfavourable bacteria. The feeding of PROBIOTICS ensures that, whenever the
balance of the gut might be disturbed, friendly bacteria are available to recolonise
available spaces and restart the sequence of events which will lead to a re-establishment
of a stable and beneficial microflora.
IMMUNITY AND RESISTANCE TO
Illness, antibiotic therapy and worming, can cause a
disruption of the gut microflora which may lead to scouring and invasion of the gut by
pathogens*. Some of the organisms present in probiotics produce natural anti-microbial
products capable of inhibiting the reproduction of invading bacteria. Colonisation of the
gut by probiotic bacteria can exclude potential pathogenic bacteria through competition
for space and nutrients.
Bacteria present in probiotics can stimulate the
horses immune system through the production of immunoglobins and cells (phagocytes) whose
role is to destroy invading pathogens*. (* Pathogen - any agent that may cause disease)
A stimulated immune system coupled with the increased
production of interferon may protect against some viral infections which could strike
PROBIOTICS FOR USE IN STUDS
Pregnant and lactating mares have been shown to benefit from the feeding of probiotics.
Improvement in the quality and quantity of milk can increase the early growth of foals.
New born foals can be inoculated with a beneficial micro-flora through the use of a
probiotic and the incidence of scouring in foals may be reduced.
REGULAR USE OF A PROBIOTIC
The maintenance of a healthy micro-flora in
the horses gut will improve general health, appearance, performance and temperament.
Efficient hind gut fermentation can help reduce the incidence of laminitis, azotoria,
colics and other digestive disturbances.
PROBIOTICS are natural and entirely safe,
have no known overdose levels, no unwanted side effects.