ColicGuard for horses – Ultimate Digestive Care
Probiotics are an incredibly complex and fascinating field. As new research is indicating that probiotics positively affect the immune system there may, in the future, be more applications when they could be utilized to manipulate the microbial population in the digestive tract.
ColicGuard is a specially formulated freeze-dried granular supplement which provides a supply of naturally occurring bacteria beneficial to the digestive tract. Mix with feed or other rations for horses. ColicGuard is not a drug but contains 3 Lactic Acid Bacteria (called Probiotics): Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifidobacterium species and Lactobacillus acidophilus – of not less than 1 billion CFU (Colony Forming Units) Per Gram, for everyday stress, better digestion and feed conversion which saves you money.
The Equine Digestive System and Diet
One of the many ways of categorizing animals is based on their diet and digestive physiology. Horses are categorized as non-ruminant herbivores. Non-ruminant herbivores derive their nutrient requirements from plant sources, the majority of which comprised fibrous plants such as grasses. Roughages such as grass and hay contain varying amounts of both soluble carbohydrates and insoluble carbohydrates. Individual species have varying abilities to digest these carbohydrates.
The primary difference between soluble and insoluble carbohydrates is not what they are made up of, but rather how they are put together. Both soluble and insoluble carbohydrates are made up of long strings of glucose molecules, but the bonding in soluble versus insoluble carbohydrates is different. Horses posses the enzymes to break the bonds between soluble carbohydrates, but do NOT posses the enzymes to break the different bonding between the glucose molecules that hold the insoluble carbohydrates together.
Microorganisms and Why ColicGuard Works
So, over time, horses developed a symbiotic relationship with hundreds of different species of microorganisms that produce enzymes which are capable of breaking the bonds of insoluble carbohydrates, thereby making the food available to both the digestive microorganisms and the host animal (the horse). Specifically, the breakdown products of this microbial fermentation are the volatile fatty acids from which the animal derives the majority of its energy requirements. This kind of microbial fermentation occurs to a greater or lesser extent in the digestive system of any animal that eats foods of plant origin.
These symbiotic microbial populations, however, are not always stable. Fluctuations in the internal environment such as changes in temperature, pH, hydration status, substrate availability or the presence of antibiotics, other medications or chemicals may also affect – or even destroy – the microorganism population in a horse’s digestive tract. At the very least, shifts in the population can affect digestive efficiency. At worst, large die-offs of certain species can release endotoxins, which may in turn contribute to colic, enteritis or laminitis. Regular use of ColicGuard in a horse’s diet can avoid these consequences.
For horses that don’t undergo a lot of stress, maintaining a reasonably healthy and stable microbial population is usually not a problem. However, horses that undergo stress such as: being transported, intensive competition training, becoming dehydrated, breeding stallions and mares, may undergo internal changes which can temporarily make the environment in the horse’s digestive tract less than ideal for the microorganisms.
The Role of Probiotics
ColicGuard is a freeze-dried culture (which later reactivates) composed of some of the ‘friendly’ microorganisms that normally exist in a horse’s digestive tract which are likely to be disturbed by stress. These are Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus plantarum.
If the digestive system is not in balance – as is the case with so many of our horses nowadays – feeding ColicGuard is a must as it will keep the intestinal tract functioning at peak performance in these colic-prone animals.
As new research is indicating that probiotics also positively affect the immune system they may, in the future, be increasingly utilized to manipulate the microbial population to ‘crowd out’ the ‘bad bugs’ and increase the ‘good bugs’, to fine-tune digestive efficiency of horses.
This is from a very pleased Customer and her son:
Just wanted to let you know the wonderful results we have had, after using your Glucosamine, and the digestive enzyme (ColicGuard).
My son fell in love with this very old white pony, 20 something. She could barely walk and had a bad case of the runs. A real sad sack. My son has Down’s syndrome, and we could not sway him from this pony. So for $25 she was ours against all better judgment. I was looking for a blanket when I came upon your products.
Our vet didn’t think she had long, so we were going to make the most of it, and hope for the best. Well the digestive enzyme (ColicGuard) stopped the runs in a day and a half. Within two weeks Jenny was trotting around the paddocks and kicking up her heels.
Your products gave this pony a new lease on life, and a young man who is very happy and proud of his pony. The vet wanted the name of the products, because in the dead of winter a old thin horse doesn’t gain weight, but she did. She has filled out and is feeling pretty good for herself. Just wanted to let you know and thank you again.
Cindy, Charles, & Jenny
ColicGuard comes in a 1 pound package. A 1 pound bag contains 96 teaspoons and will treat 1 horse for about 3 months at 1 level teaspoon per day.
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