Horse Health Supplements

Many of the problems we see in our horses like ulcers, arthritis and colic and mood are the result of an inappropriate lifestyle and the wrong food.

Your horse is perfectly designed by nature to roam free across vast acres of grassland grazing constantly, its digestive tract is perfect for this free grazing life. It was not designed for eating buckets of feed, to be ridden or jumped or to stand around all day in a stable.
Our supplements are carefully designed to help your horse be better able to withstand the strains of modern life.



Why give your horse supplements?
There are two reasons why you need to give your horse supplements, to provide nutrients that may be lacking in the feed this type of supplement is designed to balance the feed. The other form of supplement offers nutritional support to horses that have specific problems such as ulcers, colic, joint problems, behaviour issues, problems associated with older horses: the list of problems is endless and the list of supplements offering solutions is even longer. It is often difficult for horse owners to choose what supplement is right for their horse so lets try and throw some light on the subject.

Horse supplements to balance the feed.

You probably feed a manufactured, bagged feed to your horse so you are confident that your horse lacks for nothing but think again. All bagged feed is complete it contains all the nutrients your horse needs but there is a problem, you also feed hay or haylage and that part of the ration is lacking in some trace elements, vitamins and protein and you need to give your horse a haylage or hay balancer supplement.. Another problem with bagged feed is that horse owners rarely feed the correct amount, it's usually a scoop of this and a bit of that but rarely, what the manufacturer recommends. If a horse starts acting-up or gets too fresh the owner starts to cut back on the feed and this can have a detrimental effect the horses overall nutritional balance. If you have reduced your horses feed ration you need to feed more hay to make up the deficit in that case, depending on the work your horse has to do you may need to give an extra supplement.
Horse Supplements to solve problems.
Every horse magazine is over-laden with advertisements for problem solving supplements: name a problem and there is a supplement to solve it. but many have a sound basis in nutritional science. In order to understand how these work we need to look at what supplements actually do.
Can supplements cure my horse?
Horse Supplements do not cure anything; they are not medicines, they do not contain drugs, they contain nutrients. The difference between medicines and nutrients is not always clear-cut and the difference is not helped by the growing use of the term 'nutraceutical' to describe some nutrients. 'Nutraceutical' is a forced marriage of the words nutrient and pharmaceutical and apart from its being an ugly word, it is misleading and detracts from the true function of nutrition. Nutrients have a very different role to drugs. Nutrients are food constituents and they are needed for growth, repair and health that is their biological function. It is important to remember that the diagnosis and treatment of disease is solely the responsibility of a Veterinary surgeon and is outside the scope of nutrition and the function of supplements.
What supplements do for horses
Supplements have been seen to have a supportive role in many problem areas of horses because the way we keep, feed and work our horses has increased the need for many nutrients far beyond the sufficiency status of our horses. Newly developed nutrients have established their worth in many problem situations and have become an essential part in maintaining the well–being of our horses. One important area worthy of consideration by all horse owners is the role of nutrition in the health of the horses digestive tract.

Horse supplements for the digestion
Horse supplements for colic
Horse supplements for ulcers
Horse supplments
Supplements for old horses

Horse Supplements for the digestion.

The problem with horses is that they were not designed to eat what we feed them.
Horses are designed to eat grass. Our horses' ancestors eat grass night and day as the roamed across the vast plains of the ancient world and horses on grass graze for up to twenty hours a day. The horse has evolved the perfect mechanism for dealing with the constant flow of grass through its stomach and digestive tract and modern feeding and management often runs counter to this perfectly adapted grass-eating machine. As horses graze they produce large amounts of saliva and this helps reduce gastric acid. Most animals produce acid only when they eat but the horses' stomach is constantly making acid to deal with the constant inflow of food. When the tabled horse stands for long periods between feeds the acid builds up and one of the consequences is the development of ulcers. The horse has a very small stomach, not designed to handle the large volumes of bucket feeding so when the digestive tract has to deal with high feeding it is often unable to cope and the system becomes inefficient causing a host of possible problems. See Sure-gut system.

 

Problems caused by modern horse feeding methods.
Digestive Tract overload is responsible for many problems in the horse: Colic,ulcers, loose droppings and loss of appetite are some of the most obvious effects but nervousness, spookiness and 'girthiness' or improper response to the aids and other training problems, together with cribbing, wood chewing and behavioural problems are less obvious effects.

Laminitis support
Weight loss
Loose droppings
Colic
Ulcers
Lethargy
Cribbing, wind-sucking and wood chewing
Dull coat
Nervousness
Old horse digestion
Poor appetite



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