The Benefits of Feeding Pre and Probiotics in Autumn

What are pre and probiotics?

A huge population of ‘friendly’ bacteria live in the horse’s hind gut. Their job is to ferment (digest) fibre so that the nutrients are released and can be absorbed by the gut and into the body. When a horse’s diet is changed these bugs have to adapt. Sudden dietary changes can upset the ‘good’ bugs and lead to an increase in the ‘bad’ bugs which can lead to digestive upsets and colic.

Probiotics are live ‘friendly’ bacteria that are given orally in a supplement. The most common equine probiotic is Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. They help boost the numbers of ‘friendly’ bacteria and re-balance the gut. Prebiotics are substances that are an energy source for the ‘friendly’ bacteria to promote their numbers and growth. Typical equine prebiotics include Diamond V, mannan & fructo oligosaccharides, Brewer’s yeast & psyllium.

How can Pre and Probiotics help your horse in autumn?

Probiotics boost the numbers of ‘friendly’ bacteria within the horse’s gut and prebiotics provide an energy source to help these good bacteria multiply.

Autumn is a high risk time for colics occurring. Many horses have their management changed during autumn and spend more time stabled. Mild autumn weather can cause spurts of grass growth. Horses are extremely sensitive to changes in diet and management. This means that these changes can be responsible for unsettling horses’ tummies and causing colic.

We all know that any dietary changes should be made gradually, however certain management changes have to be made in the autumn and we can’t control alterations in grass growth. This is where pre and probiotics can be of real benefit to horses. Boosting the levels of ‘friendly’ bacteria within the gut will help keep even sensitive tummies settled.

Nettex Gut Balancer

Nettex Gut Balancer is the ideal supplement as it contains a unique blend of pre and probiotics plus other nutrients, helping horses adapt to changes in diet, which will help prevent colic.

It is an advanced pre and probiotic supplement that uses the highest-grade ingredients including Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Brewer’s yeast, psyllium, FOS & MOS, plus a unique ingredient Diamond V, a concentrated natural yeast product shown to have a positive effect on nutrient digestibility*. Nettex Gut Balancer is also blended with an appropriate vitamin & mineral package, whey protein, rice bran oil and selected micro-nutrients to offer overall health and wellbeing.

In addition to this it will help maintain normal acid levels within the stomach. Acid levels can increase during stressful situations especially during competition, travelling or the everyday anxieties that occur.

*Source: Diamond V Mills trial data

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