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Why Horse Gut Health Is Important

Why Horse Gut Health Is Important

Your horse's gut health is crucial for their athleticism and overall wellbeing. Here's a simple explanation of why what you’re feeding your horse matters:

Energy and Stamina: Just like a human’s, the equine digestive system plays a vital role in converting food into energy. When your horse's gut is healthy, it can efficiently extract energy from the food they eat. This energy is necessary for stamina and performance in racing and competition activities. 

Nutrient Absorption: A healthy gut allows your horse's body to absorb and utilise nutrients effectively. When their gut is working well, it helps break down the food they eat, releasing important vitamins, minerals, and energy that their body needs to stay strong and perform at its best.

Immune System Support: Believe it or not, a significant part of your horse's immune system resides in their gut. A healthy gut helps defend against harmful bacteria and other pathogens that can make your horse sick. 

Behaviour and Mood: A horse with a healthy gut is generally happier and more content, while an imbalance or discomfort can lead to irritability, restlessness, or poor performance. By maintaining gut health, you're helping your horse feel comfortable, which positively influences their mood and willingness to work with you.

Prevention of Digestive Issues: A well-functioning gut helps prevent digestive problems such as colic, diarrhoea, or ulcers. These issues can be painful and negatively impact your horse's wellbeing and performance, and in severe cases, can potentially become life-threatening. 

By prioritising your horse’s gut health through a healthy balanced diet, clean water and regular feeding routines, you're giving them the best chance to excel in their equestrian pursuits and enjoy a fulfilling life.

Your veterinarian may also recommend incorporating gut health supplements or probiotics into your horse's feed, and our EquaCare Gut Balance Formula may prove suitable. 

Specifically developed for the racing and breeding industry, EquaCare’s Gut Balance Formula is a comprehensive digestive formula that includes pre and probiotics, essential amino acids and key vitamins and minerals to support and maintain your horse’s gut health and immune system for normal metabolism, detoxification and functional repair of the digestive system. 

Every horse is unique, and factors like breed, genetics, and individual health conditions can affect their overall wellbeing. If you have any concerns or queries about your horse, it's always best to consult with a veterinarian who can provide tailored advice and guidance.

The EquaCare Custom Mix Gut Balance Formula is available in 16kg bulk tubs, SHOP HERE


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