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Survey results positive for gut supplements

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A recent Coopers Gut survey has revealed 66 percent of UK horse owners include a hindgut supplement in their horse’s diet, to help improve digestive health.

Horse owners using gut supplements also said their horse appears happier, less stressed and more settled, while also producing more solid droppings and suffering less from colic.

Respondents of the survey who do not use a gut supplement put it down to the fact they do not know much about them. Claire Gotto, equine veterinary advisor at MSD Animal Health, explained their function: “Horses have evolved as trickle feeders, designed to eat roughage for a large part of the day. However, with stabling, travelling, training and high concentrate feeding commonplace, horses now have several lifestyle challenges which can affect their fibre intake and digestion. As a result, an imbalance of microflora in the gut can disrupt hindgut function, putting unnecessary strain on the horse’s digestive system. Adding a gut supplement introduces prebiotics and postbiotics to their feed. Prebiotics act as food for the beneficial bacteria in the gut, selectively stimulating its growth and activity, and helping to support hindgut function. Postbiotics are by-products of bacteria, created during the natural process of fermentation (fibre digestion). They are thought to have a positive effect on healthy bacteria in the gut and support the gut’s natural immune system.”

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