HEALTHY TUMMY = HAPPY HORSE
SIGNS YOUR EQUINE ATHLETE MAY BE SUFFERING FROM GASTRIC ULCERS :
- Crib biting/windsucking
- Being Girthy
- Decrease in performance
- Change in attitude
- Dull coat
- Poor or fussy eaters
- Poor body condition
The clinical signs of ulcers are often vague leaving owners wondering what the problem is (and it could be many). The only way to confirm if they are in fact an issue is through scoping by a vet.
If in fact Ulcers are present, there are different levels of severity. The severity of the Ulcers are graded as follows:
- making sure they either have access to grass or hay at all times. If it is hay, use a slow feeder hay net to make the hay last longer;
- use a slow feeder ball to feed their hard feed. Slow feeder balls as the name suggests, means the horse gets access to their feed slowly – more like their natural environment;
- have feed bins on the ground as this more closely resembles their natural grazing position;
- always avoid subjecting the horse to long periods without feed.
GNF (Gut Natural Function) is a complete gastric health supplement.
- Reduces stomach pH acidity. GNF formulation uses two important natural Antacids, Calcium Carbonate and Magnesium Hydroxide.
- Seaweed Extract (Laminaria Hyperborea) that creates a gel like lining around the stomach, protecting against stomach acid.
- Glutamine, a very important amino acid to help maintain Epithelial cells. Supplementation of Glutamine has been proven to increase intestinal performance and decrease over expression of pro inflammatory genes thus leading to a reduction in intestinal damage.
- Fructo-oligosaccharides – FOS – Classified as a Pre-Biotic substance that stimulate the growth and population of good gut bacteria, will then aid in better food utilization.
- Kaolin – A mineral clay that has been shown to help bind loose manure during foal scours or periods of diarrhoea