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Many horses suffer from stress related digestive problems. Studies
show over 50% of show and race horses have ulcers in their GI tract.
When the proper acid-base balance of a horse’s digestive tract is
disturbed, gastric and/or intestinal ulcers may develop. This
increased intestinal permeability creates a pro-inflammatory state
that may lead to food sensitivities, allergies, sore muscles and
joints, impaired immune system function, colic, laminitis, and many
If one considers the hypothesis “you are what you eat,” you
should understand the principle applies to your horse as well. An
unhealthy ulcerated gut sets the stage for equine disease. The
digestive tract serves as a “door” to the Equine’s body. It is of
the utmost importance that the “door” remains selectively
functional. When it becomes “stuck open,” as with ulcers and
dysbiosis, the digestive tract transforms into a highway for toxins
and pathogens (bacteria, virus, and yeast) to enter the body and
trigger disease, including systemic inflammation and lameness.
The first and foremost objective for your equine partners’
wellness program must be a well balanced diet. A nutrient specific
supplemental program containing pre-biotics, pro-biotics, digestive
enzymes, bioactive immunoglobulins, and Saccharomyces Boulardii (a
beneficial yeast) will help assure a healthy digestive tract to
optimize digestion and absorption.
Once you focus on your horse’s digestive health, you will find
that most other health and performance concerns will improve all by