Digestive supplements and gut balancers for horses support the digestive system to help them cope with a number of transitions throughout the year, such as increased turnout in the spring or change of grazing quality in the winter. These changes can leave some horses’ digestive systems struggling, leading to a reduction in efficiency, loose droppings and other digestive upsets.
Often containing soothing herbs as well as pre- and probiotics, these supplements aim to maintain a healthy digestive system, provide a buffering effect against excess stomach acid and promote a normal population of bacteria to make sure your horse is getting the most out of what he eats while keeping him comfortable.
Common ingredients of digestive supplements include…
- probiotics, which are often referred to as “good bacteria”
- prebiotics, which are the “food” for probiotics, helping them to work effectively
If you compete with your horse then it is important you make sure any supplements you use do not contain any prohibited substances.
Digestive supplements and gut balancers for horses: what are your options?
Here is a selection of the best digestive supplements and gut balancers for horses that are currently available, including the manufacturers’ descriptions of their products…
NB: Cost per day has been calculated using the maintenance measure for a 500kg horse in light work (where there was variation) and the RRP of the smallest available tub. Some products require loading doses and some horses will require a higher dose, which will increase the cost per daily measure, while buying a larger tub will likely decrease it – these costs per day are a guide only.
Blue Chip Super Concentrated Ulsa-Cool Balancer
Form: Pellet | Sizes: 3kg | RRP: £25.90 | Daily measure: 100g | Cost per day: £0.86 |
This balancer is formulated to assist with the maintenance of acid balance in the gut. It includes an acid buffering agent that can help to alter gut pH by slowly releasing calcium, magnesium and silicon, over a prolonged period, to enhance the buffering effect it has on stomach acids. Also available in refill bags.
Lincoln Yea-Sacc 30
Form: Powder | Sizes: 1kg, 2.5kg | RRP: £17.99 for 1kg | Daily measure: 32g | Cost per day: £0.58 |
This product is a combination of yea-sacc and brewer’s yeast, which gives both pre- and probiotic digestive support while also providing essential B vitamins and amino acids. It helps to maintain a healthy hindgut, supporting and stabilising the hindgut microflora to avoid digestive upsets.
NAF GastriVet Pellets
Form: Pellets | Sizes: 2kg, 4kg | RRP: £75 for 2kg | Daily measure: 67g | Cost per day: £2.51 |
This formula supports a healthy gastric environment, the natural anti-inflammatory processes and balanced pH levels, as well as soothing the stomach walls. It is ideal for competition and performance horses.
Protexin Equine Premium Gut Balancer
Form: Powder | Sizes: 400g, 700g, 3.5kg, 7kg | RRP: £16.95 for 400g | Daily measure: 10g | Cost per day: £0.42 |
This contains prebiotics, probiotics and yeast to help re-establish a healthy gut microflora and encourage normal digestive function and efficiency.
Global Herbs Gut Support
Form: Powder | Sizes: 500g, 1kg | RRP: £24.50 for 500g | Daily measure: 28g | Cost per day: £1.37 |
This quick-acting and concentrated supplement is designed to target digestive health for normal droppings, appetite and feed utilisation by maintaining the levels of beneficial bacteria through a blend of pre- and probiotics.
Form: Powder | Sizes: 900g | RRP: £24.95 | Daily measure: 25g | Cost per day: £0.69 |
This supplement contains natural pre- and probiotic ingredients, plus green-lipped mussel, to help maintain a healthy, balanced digestive system. Yeast is added to encourage the growth of friendly bacteria, with dietary fibre and alfalfa to help maintain regular gut function.
Form: Powder | Sizes: 2.5kg | RRP: £64.99 | Daily measure: 60g | Cost per day: £1.56 |
This natural digestive supplement contains dried, green bananas, which help to maintain normal gastric mucosa. It helps to maintain gut stability, normal digestion, feed utilisation and temperament.
Aviform Pro-Choice Gold
Form: Powder | Sizes: 500g, 1kg, 1.5kg | RRP: £26.95 for 500g | Daily measure: 25g | Cost per day: £1.35 |
This supplement features a unique blend of a pre- and probiotic making it ideal for horses prone to stress or any who may need extra support. Available in a 100% compostable pouch.
Baileys Digest Plus
Form: Powder | Sizes: 1kg, 5kg | RRP: £18.50 for 1kg | Daily measure: 20g | Cost per day: £0.37 |
Feeding Baileys Digest Plus prebiotic during the changeover to winter forage will give the bacterial populations of the hindgut the support they need as they get used to the new fibre sources arriving in the gut, ensuring your horse gains the maximum nutritional benefit from the forage in his diet.
Science Supplements Gut Balancer
Form: Powder | Sizes: 1.5kg | RRP: £34.99 | Daily measure: 50g | Cost per day: £1.17 |
Winner of the BETA International Innovation Award, this fast-acting supplement is a balanced combination of pre- and probiotics to support gut health and aid digestion.
Dodson & Horrell Digestive Support
Form: Pellet | Sizes: 1.5kg | RRP: £18.40 | Daily measure: 25g | Cost per day: £0.31 |
This high specification, pelleted supplement provides nutritional and herbal support for the entire digestive system, promoting the normal population of bacteria within the large intestine. It is ideal for sensitive digestive systems, those undergoing dietary changes, being stabled for long periods, travelling or during periods of change or competition.
Form: Powder | Sizes: 2kg | RRP: £67 | Daily measure: 30g | Cost per day: £1 |
This is a high quality pre- and pro-biotic that aids your horse’s digestion and supports his intestinal health.
Horse First Acid Aid
Form: Powder | Sizes: 1.5kg, 5kg | RRP: £39 for 1.5kg | Daily measure: 50g | Cost per day: £1.30 |
This supplement is formulated to support stomach health, soothe the gastric system and settle excess acid. The ingredients complement each other to form a balanced product that helps maintain healthy acid levels in the stomach.
Animalife Vetrogard Intense
Form: Powder | Sizes: 525g | RRP: £99.99 | Daily measure: 25g | Cost per day: £4.76 |
This supplement supports the natural defences of the gastric lining. It supports cell regeneration of the stomach, reducing irritation of the stomach lining, while improving appetite and faecal quality.
Equine America Uls-Gard Pellets
Form: Pellets | Sizes: 3kg, 10kg | RRP: £48.50 for 3kg | Daily measure: 100g | Cost per day: £1.62 |
Formulated to help maintain digestive health and comfort, these pellets have an alfalfa and soya hull base, and contain pectins, lecithin, aloe vera, marshmallow root, glycine and liquorice.
Form: Powder | Sizes: 2.4kg, 6kg, 14kg | RRP: £92.42 for 2.4kg | Daily measure: 20g | Cost per day: £0.77 |
This supplement offers the stomach lining protection against acid and has a soothing and appetite-stimulating effect.
The Golden Paste Company TurmerAid
Form: Pellets | Sizes: 2kg, 15kg | RRP: £19.99 for 2kg | Daily measure: 50g | Cost per day: £0.50 |
This natural turmeric supplement is carefully formulated to aid digestion, support the gut microflora, improve hindgut fermentation and absorption. It also supports the body’s natural inflammation processes and promotes a healthy skin and coat.
NutriScience Gastro Care
Form: Powder | Sizes: 1.8kg, 3kg, 20kg | RRP: £74.99 for 1.8g | Daily measure: 45g | Cost per day: £1.87 |
Designed to have a multi-faceted approach to gastrointestinal health, this supplement contains antacids that help mimic the effects of saliva and protect the stomach lining from acid. It helps to absorb and buffer excess acid to allow the natural regeneration of the stomach lining.
TopSpec Digestive Aid
Form: Powder | Sizes: 3kg, 9kg, 20kg | RRP: £30.50 for 3kg | Daily measure: 100g | Cost per day: £1.02 |
Designed to optimise digestive health and stimulate appetite in horses, this supplement contains high levels of a pure, protected probiotic yeast and pre-biotic MOS as well as vitamin B12. It is particularly effective for horses that are working hard, on high concentrate/low forage diets, or stressed.
Betta Life PharmaTrac Total Digestive Support
Form: Powder | Sizes: 120g, 400g, 1kg, 2kg, 5kg | RRP: £10 for 120g | Daily measure: 10g | Cost per day: £0.83 |
This supplement targets both the fore and hindgut, supporting the gastric environment and helping to maintain an optimum pH level.
Form: Powder | Sizes: 1.5kg, 6kg | RRP: £29.70 for 1.5kg | Daily measure: 75g | Cost per day: £1.49 |
By combining B vitamins, calcified seaweed, boswellia extract and active yeast, this supplement is designed to soothe and help prevent digestive disturbances.
Feedmark Ultimate Ease
Form: Powder | Sizes: 3kg, 6kg, 9kg | RRP: £65.99 for 3kg | Daily measure: 100g | Cost per day: £2.20 |
This supplement settles the gut with an acid-buffering action and soothes the delicate gastric and intestinal lining by forming a gel.
Equine Products UK TransVite Excel
Form: Powder | Sizes: 1.5kg, 9kg | RRP: £63.69 for 1.5kg | Daily measure: 25g | Cost per day: £1.06 |
This high-grade probiotic is one of the strongest currently available and works by balancing the good flora inside the gastrointestinal tract, which helps to increase appetite and condition.
Hilton Herbs GastriX
Form: Powder | Sizes: 1kg | RRP: £36.30 | Daily measure: 34g | Cost per day: £1.23 |
A dry supplement containing herbs, such as slippery elm, meadowsweet and cramp bark, to help support healthy digestion, optimum nutrient absorption and maintain balanced pH levels. This is especially helpful during a change in routine.
Horslyx Pro Digest
Form: Lick | Sizes: 650g | RRP: £4.50 |
This lick contains a combination of ingredients to support the whole digestive system, while the action of licking enhances saliva production, which helps buffer stomach acidity.
Form: Powder | Sizes: 1.25kg, 3.6kg, 7.2kg, 18kg | RRP: £45.95 for 1.5kg | Daily measure: 30–120g | Cost per day: From £1.10 |
A scientifically proven time-released buffer that supplies an encapsulated source of sodium bicarbonate to the hindgut, helping to stabilise the pH and optimise digestive function.
Nettex Gut Balancer
Form: Powder | Sizes: 750g, 1.5kg | RRP: £23.70 for 750g | Daily measure: 67g | Cost per day: £2.12 |
A highly effective pre- and probiotic supplement that supports healthy hindgut and digestive function, skin and coat and condition and vitality.
Form: Powder | Sizes: 1.5kg, 4.5kg | RRP: £47.99 for 1.5kg | Daily measure: 48g | Cost per day: £1.54 |
Developed to support a normal and healthy stomach environment and aid digestive function, this supplement has been extensively trialled and is suitable for horses with poor appetite, poor condition, poor performance or behavioural changes.
Fine Fettle Happy Tummy Charcoal
Form: Fine granules | Sizes: 500g, 900g, 3.75kg, 7.8kg, 24kg | RRP: £20.50 for 500g | Daily measure: 20g | Cost per day: £0.82 |
Fed regularly, this charcoal supplement helps maintain good digestive health by supporting a natural pH balance in the gut, which in turn supports the immune system and provides the foundation for good health, good condition and better performance.
Aloeride aloe vera
Form: Powder | Sizes: Carton of 30 sachets | RRP: £55.20 | Daily measure: One sachet | Cost per day: £1.84 |
An organic aloe vera supplement that supports a healthy digestive system.
HomeoVet Equipathics Digestive Upsets
Form: Liquid | Sizes: 120ml | RRP: £18.95 | Daily measure: 4ml | Cost per day: £0.63 |
This natural remedy can help to reduce discomfort in foals and young animals right through to seniors and is available as in easy liquid dosing form.
Hack Up Bespoke
Form: Powder | Sizes: 1kg | RRP: From £49.99 | Daily measure: 30g | Cost per day: £1.50 |
Using fresh raw ingredients that support the digestive system, such as powerful pre- and probiotic, milkthistle and chamomile, every bespoke supplement is hand-made, free from fillers, preservatives and chemical caking agents. The supplement is packaged in paper and stored in tinplate pail.
Form: Liquid | Sizes: 5l | RRP: £70 | Daily measure: 90ml | Cost per day: £1.26 |
This natural plant extract provides support for gastro-intestinal health and digestive stability by nourishing the delicate tissues that line the stomach and intestines. It is rich in anti-oxidants and omega oils, as well as being an effective prebiotic.
Vital Equine Gastri-Max
Form: Powder | Sizes: 2.5kg | RRP: £34.50 | Daily measure: 75g | Cost per day: £1.04 |
Gastri-Max helps support optimum digestion and maintain normal acid levels within the digestive tract, allowing horses to cope with day-to-day stresses and deliver their best results. It is ideal for changes in the horses routine, which could be changes in forage from grass to haylage, or increased stabling.
Rowen Barbary Acti-Soothe
Form: Powder | Sizes: 2.4kg, 7.2kg | RRP: £36.77 for 2.4kg | Daily measure: 100g | Cost per day: £1.06 |
Designed to soothe and protect the stomach lining, this supplement helps control stomach acidity and maintain a normal pH, while reducing anxiety in horses prone to nervous behaviour.
Form: Powder | Sizes: 4.55kg | RRP: £63.25 | Daily measure: 40g | Cost per day: £0.56 |
Designed to support both the stomach and the hindgut, the core ingredients help to maintain a healthy gut pH with added lecithin to support the gut wall. These are combined with live yeast probiotics as well as herbal prebiotics for ultimate digestive efficiency.
Equiform Nutrition Excel Digest
Form: Powder | Sizes: 1kg, 3kg | RRP: £36 for 1kg | Daily measure: 70g | Cost per day: £2.52 |
Daily use of this supplement can help support the digestive tract — it contains a unique blend of minerals, plant extracts and digestive soothers.
Foran Equine Nutri-Gard Extra
Form: Powder | Sizes: 3kg | RRP: £65.50 | Daily measure: 60g | Cost per day: £1.31 |
The digestible fibre in this supplement can help coat the stomach lining while prebiotics aid gastric health, optimise feed metabolism and promote gut-friendly bacteria, especially during periods of reduced turnout.
Hi Form BioEquus
Form: Powder | Sizes: 250g, 500g | RRP: £57 for 250g | Daily measure: 10g | Cost per day: £2.28 |
This supplement helps to maintain a healthy bacterial flora and has a beneficial impact on metabolic processes, maintaining normal, healthy intestinal and immune function.
Alltech Forage Guard
Form: Powder | Sizes: 5kg | RRP: £45 | Daily measure: 50g | Cost per day: £0.45 |
This supplement is designed to help lessen the damaging effects of mycotoxins (toxins caused by moulds that naturally occur in forages) on performance and health. It prevents their absorption from the gut, without removing key nutrients from the diet.
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