Optimal Balance of Gastro-Intestinal System
- Colic - Digestive Tonic
restricting horses to diets that are more and more deprived of bulk fibres
(cellulose), unless individually supplemented with a good quality forage
most of the people think
quality hays are very high in protein, when, in fact, feeding horses large
quantities of a high protein legume hay, for example, can bring about a
cascade of ill symptoms which relate to pancreas and kidney overload!
the horse digestive
was not meant to receive large amounts of protein at once. The natural
"archetypal" diet of wild horses consisted mainly of small meals
and intermittent grazing of various plants, roots, and flowers. At times
horses had access to "claylicks". These mineral deposits are
very important in terms of mineral supplementation of naturally
"chelated" macro and trace elements. Also, they have the
property to "bind" potential toxins in the digestive tract. Near
the sea shores, equines would graze on sea kelp at low tides.
emphasis on high protein forages creates a situation where minerals and
fibers are relatively deficient.
other problem is zootechnical:
equines should be fed more frequently and less at the same meal. A lot of
the recent work related to bio-availability of feedstuffs versus frequency
or number of meals show that human athletes and equine athletes develop
more muscular mass and/or perform better when fed smaller meals more
seems taxing the digestive system
less at the same time improves digestion and fuels more efficiently the
of this phenomenon would be linked to better digestive enzyme secretion
and less exocrine pancreas overload! Lack of bulk nutrients also create
situations where horses ingurgitate their feed too quickly predisposing to
bloating and ultimately colics.
at regular intervals (deworming
program) and occasional oral antibiotherapy also greatly disturbs normal
factors for optimal digestion
means maintaining optimal gut ecology by controlling pH., digestive
enzymes, intestinal micro flora and also ammonia production levels where
they should be! Also, controlling the presence of potential pathogens to a
minimum is a question of "balance": if the immunity system is
strong the pathogens do not have a chance to install (bacteria, virus,
fungi,parasites, protozoa, etc...).
is a synergistic blend of herbs, digestive enzymes, micro flora
preparation (fermentation solubles), chelated trace minerals, colloidal
minerals, vitamins and other nutraceuticals that maximize equines
potential to assimilate their food into the blood, the lymph, and
ultimately the cells!
General List of Ingredients:
ginger, fenugreek, fennel, peppermint.These
herbs are either digestive tonics which
include "bitters" that stimulate the production and secretion of
enzymes, or herbs rich in nutrients such as resins, emollients, fatty
acids, essential oils,minerals that regulate peristaltism and reduce gas
production. Nettles, caraway, papaya, capsicum and licorice have recently
Probiotics include beneficial friendly
microflora preparations: Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. lactis, bifidus, S.
Faecum, B. subtilis and A. orizae. They produce inhibitory substances
against pathogens such as acidolin, hydrogen peroxide, and lactic acid.
also produce a variety of enzymes, both
metabolic and digestive in nature which help regulate the pH and
absorption of intestinal bolus.
are the condensed substrate of the fermentation of whey inoculated with
lactic-acid bacteria and fortified with specific specific microbial
nutrients. They are rich in the metabolites produced by probiotics and
therefore act as stimulants for growth and reproduction of beneficial
intestinal micro-organisms. These solubles are also documented growth
inhibitors for pathogens (e.g. salmonella).
Kelp is an excellent source
of over 60 minerals that are naturally chelated by the plant, plus 22
amino-acids, 12 vitamins, and some polysaccharides. Kelp is an excellent
source of protein bound iodine, which is especially important for
endocrine function, reproduction, immune activity, and healthy nervous
Chelated trace minerals include
iron, copper, cobalt, zinc, manganese, iodine, selenium, magnesium, and
potassium. These metal elements are organically bound to amino-acids or
choline? citric acid compounds. These forms of micro-nutrients are more
biologically available as inorganic minerals and are not antagonistic to
vitamins or intestinal flora. Most important, they are devoid of the toxic
aspects of inorganic minerals (e.g. sulfates).
of use for Equine Formula #2:
formula is designed to be supplemented at a rate of 30 grams (approx. 1
oz) 2-times/per-head/per-day (60g daily) or (approx. 2 oz daily)
Honey is considered the
ingredient of choice (rather than molasses) to have the powder formula
stick to the meal, so it does not settle down manger bowl. Molasses are
cooked and will create fermentation! - !Not raw, unpasteurized honey,
which contains food enzymes!
Formula #2 is definitely
our most popular formula since all horses are enzyme deficient and most of
equines are under some sort of deworming program.
predisposed to colics
and various digestive problems (as chronic recurrent diarrhea or watery
feces: very often these horses have an overloaded exocrine pancreas.)
should be supplemented twice daily until stabilization occurs. When stool
consistency is back to normal the formula should be given at the same rate
for at least one more week before reducing supplementation to once daily.
Equines that will
manifest chronic watery stools should have their dietary regime (nutrition
program) re-examined and re-considered! Check if horse is not getting too
much grain for his type of activity and also verify if he is not getting
too much protein from the forages.
should be supplemented
with Equine Formula #2 one week before vermifugation (deworming) and one
week after, so optimal balance of "gut ecology" is maintained!
normal gut ecology, even though we know they have, most of the time,
become a necessity!