During a private session we will look into the relationship
between you and your horse.
The gut, the ‘second’ brain! It is already well known that gut health can influence our general health, just like with horses. So how and what we feed to our horse will influence their health. The gut is therefore also called the ‘second’ brain. They contain as many nerve cells as our brains. This allows our intestines to practice all kinds of activities independently. Their even is a connection between the brain and intestines. This is an autonomic nervous system that connects the brain to the own nervous system of the intestine. The communication between the brain and the intestines therefore goes both ways. It has even been scientifically proven that the bacteria in the intestine can change our brain areas in which emotions and pain are processed.
Billions of bacteria live in our intestines. These can be both good and bad bacteria. So there must be a proper balance between the bacteria to get a healthy intestinal flora. Intestinal bacteria have a strong interaction with the mucous membrane of the intestine. These bacteria can therefore affect the intestine function. They have an influence on the integrity of the intestinal mucosa and the barrier function. This is an important part of our immune system. The immune system of the intestine must therefore be kept healthy so that not the whole body is out of balance. It has already been indicated in several studies that the intestines also have an effect on our mental health. For example, tests were performed in which anxiety and depression increased with poor intestinal health.
The front part of the digestion works with the help of enzymes, but the back part of the digestion works with microbes. These are only suitable for digesting fibers. If other nutrients than fibers end up in the colon, the living environment of the microbes is disrupted and they die off. This happens when the horse eats more sugar and starch than the first part of the digestion is able to process. As a result, undigested residues of these undigested nutrients will penetrate to the posterior part of the intestinal tract. The number of lactic acid bacteria in the large intestine then increases. The microbes that are responsible for the fermentation of fibers die because of the increased acidity. Also the intestinal wall is affected by the low pH. The death of the micro-organisms causes the release of toxins. Because these toxins end up in the blood, the horse can become susceptible to itching, laminitis, colic, ….
The balance of the bacteria can also affect behavior and appetite. When the intestines are under stress and become more acidic, there is a reduced vitamin B production that can reduce appetite and increase anxiety. We used to think that bacteria were only related to disease. As the research in this area of the health of horses increases, we can begin to understand the important role of bacteria. An imbalance in the gut bacteria quickly develops with a sugar-rich diet, administration of medication, stress, travel, illness,…
Other less useful bacteria can dominate, limiting the more useful bacteria. This creates harmful substances (eg lactic acid) that affect health and even affect digestion and/or absorption of nutrients. This can lead to:
- Damage to the intestinal wall
- Nervous behavior
- Less appetite
- Bad weight
- Dull coat
- Less movement
Horses have ten times more bacteria than living cells in their bodies! A bowel of an average sized horse contains more than 100 TRILLION bacteria! That is why the intestinal health of a horse is so incredibly important!
Digestive EQ is a premium, affordable and complete digestive product targeting both the fore and hindgut.
There are five main premium actives that collectively aim to support each stage of digestion with the aim of improving performance, looks and health. This includes a marine source of highly bioavailable calcium and magnesium which acts as an acid buffer by absorbing the excess acid caused by various stress factors, therefore ensuring a balanced and proper pH level within the horse’s stomach. The added enzymes support digestion of starches in the small intestine, increasing nutrient absorption and reducing the dump of starches in the hindgut. The amino acids help build muscle and strengthen the gut wall. The powerful prebiotic encourages functional microbiome activity in the hindgut and builds a horse’s resistance to stress. The mycotoxin binder and eliminator helps deactivate and remove damaging feed related toxins. Digestive EQ contains no molasses, sugar, grain or grain by products
Digestive VM is the ultimate vitamin, mineral and amino acid supplement and has been formulated to fill nutrient gaps of forage (pasture or hay) based diets, unfortified grain diets or diets whereby less than the recommended feeding rate of a commercial feed is being fed.
The yeast derived prebiotic supports the good bacteria in your horse’s hindgut, making fibre digestion more efficient and keeping the good bacteria happy to support overall health. It provides vitamins and minerals in their most bioavailable form including natural vitamin E, organic selenium and organic chromium.
It also supplies essential amino acids to assist in building top line, strong hooves and promote gut health.
It does not contain grain, grain by-products or molasses, making it a good option for horses prone to laminitis, diagnosed with PPID (Cushings) or PSSM and overweight horses on an energy restricted diet.