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Supporting intestinal health in horses

Intestinal health is crucial for the well-being, performance and a long and vital life of our four-legged friends. The horses are supplied with important nutrients via the intestinal epithelium and protected from harmful substances from the intestine getting into the bloodstream. In addition, energy is generated by the gut microbiome during metabolic processes, which is passed on to other vital organs such as the stomach, liver and kidneys.

A disturbed intestinal function, such as that caused by colic, usually also means a weakening of the organism and the immune system and leads to an increasing susceptibility to other diseases. Flatulence, strong-smelling feces, fecal water, diarrhea and even acute and severe colic are signs that something is wrong with the gastrointestinal tract. Laminitis is also often the result of an imbalance in the microorganisms in the gut, releasing toxins that enter the bloodstream.

If left untreated, intestinal disorders in horses can become chronic over time, leading to poor appetite, weight loss, a dull, shaggy coat, hoof problems and recurring diarrhea and colic. The causes of stomach and intestinal problems can be varied, but very often lie in the feeding. In order to promote a healthy intestinal environment, i.e. to keep the microorganisms in balance and to prevent horse colic, the daily ration should have a high crude fiber content, easily digestible starch, limited sugar content and proteins that can be digested in the small intestine.

Other factors such as movement, basic forage quality, feeding frequency and times, as well as stress caused by transport, environmental factors or ranking battles also play a major role in the health of the horse's intestines and should be individually adjusted as far as possible.

We also recommend EQUIsolvan® Digest! So you can do something good for your horse in a natural way! Its use is particularly recommended in times of stress, as a cure, but also to prevent indigestion, to stabilize and maintain a well-functioning gastrointestinal tract.