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Digestive supplements: what’s on the market?

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  • Digestive supplements support your horse’s digestive system to help him cope with a number of transitions throughout the year, such 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.

    Browse the wide range of digestive supplements for horses that are currently available below in our alphabetical list, which includes the manufacturers’ descriptions of their products


    Alltech Forage Guard

    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.
    £45 for 5kg
    lifeforcehorse.co.uk
    01780 764512


    Aloeride aloe vera

    An organic aloe vera supplement that supports a healthy digestive system.
    £55.20 per carton
    aloeride.com
    01858 464550


    Animalife Vetrogard Intense

    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.
    £99.99 for 525g
    animalife.co.uk
    01212 969900


    Aviform Pro-Choice Gold

    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.
    From £24.95 for 500g
    aviform.co.uk
    01953 528008


    Baileys Digest Plus

    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.
    From £16.99 for 1kg
    baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk
    01371 850247


    Betta Life PharmaTrac Total Digestive Care

    This supplement targets both the fore and hindgut, supporting the gastric environment and helping to maintain an optimum pH level.
    £39.99 for 1kg
    bettalife.co.uk
    01937 580 782


    Blue Chip Super Concentrated Ulsa-Cool Balancer

    This supplement 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.
    £24.95 for 3kg
    bluechipfeed.com
    0114 266 6200


    BSC-Gastro

    A blend of omega, anti-oxidant and prebiotic extracts, formulated to nourish the entire digestive tract, support healing and defend against acid and irritation.
    £75 for 3l
    nupafeed.co.uk
    01438 861 900


    Cavalor Vitaflor 365

    This supplement maintains gut health, restores the intestinal flora and ensures maximum feed intake. Daily use helps prevent acidification in the large intestine, which is a common occurrence when horses are stabled more often and consume more compound feed.
    £67 for 2kg
    cavalor.com
    01352 763350 


    Dengie Digestive Health Plus

    This supplement supports the digestive system — ideal for those horses that are underweight, struggle to maintain condition or veterans. It includes a prebiotic to feed the beneficial gut bacteria, while yeast metabolites and live yeast to help promote a healthy gut and fibre digestion.
    From £29.25 for 1kg
    dengie.com
    01621 841188


    Dodson & Horrell Digestive Support

    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.
    £17 for 1.5kg
    dodsonandhorrell.com
    01832 737 300


    Equiform Nutrition Excel Digest

    Daily use of this supplement can help support the digestive tract — it contains a unique blend of minerals, plant extracts and digestive soothers.
    From £36 for 1kg
    equiformnutrition.co.uk
    01270 530930


    Equine America Pro-Gut Balancer

    This unique combination of pre- and probiotics will help to maintain the health of the microbial population in the gut in the light of the many challenges faced by modern performance horses.
    From £14.99 for 450g
    equine-america.co.uk
    01403 255809


    Equine Products UK TransVite Excel

    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.
    From £63.69 1.5kg
    equineproducts-ukltd.com
    0191 264 5536


    Feedmark Ultimate Ease

    This supplement settles the gut with an acid-buffering action and soothes the delicate gastric and intestinal lining by forming a gel.
    £60.99 for 3kg
    feedmark.com
    0800 585525


    Fine Fettle Feed Happy Tummy Charcoal

    Haylage and high-protein grasses can disrupt the pH balance in the hindgut. This supplement is formulated to rebalance the pH by absorbing acidic toxins and removing them naturally.
    From £20.50 for 500g
    finefettlefeed.com
    0800 612 7496


    Foran Equine Nutri-Gard Extra

    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.
    £77.45 for 3kg
    foranequine.com


    Global Herbs Gut Support

    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.
    From £24.15 for 500g
    globalherbs.co.uk
    01243 773363


    Hack Up Bespoke

    Using fresh raw ingredients that support the digestive system, such as powerful pre- and probiotic, zeolite 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.
    £34.99 for 1kg
    hackup.co.uk
    01359 308866


    Hi Form BioEquus

    This supplement helps to maintain a healthy bacterial flora and has a beneficial impact on metabolic processes, maintaining normal, healthy intestinal and immune function.
    From £57 for 250g
    hiformequine.co.uk
    0118 324 7471


    Hilton Herbs GastriX

    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.
    From £33 for 1kg
    hiltonherbs.com
    0800 294 1250


    Horse First Acid Aid

    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.
    From £39 for 1.5kg
    horsefirst.net
    028 3084 8844


    Horslyx Pro Digest Balancer

    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.
    £4.50 for 650g
    horslyx.com
    01697 332592


    KER EquiShure

    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.
    £45.80 for 1.25kg
    saracenhorsefeeds.com
    01622 718487


    Lincoln Yea-Sacc 30

    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.
    From £13.99 for 1kg
    lincolnhorsecare.com
    01522 529206


    Maxavita Maxabiotic

    This supplemet 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.
    £24.95 for 900g
    maxavita.com
    01270 530930


    NAF GastriAid

    This supplement is an advanced formula containing a unique blend of key ingredients to maintain gastric health, soothe the stomach wall and support the balance of pH levels within the gut.
    From £32.99 for 1.8kg
    naf-equine.eu/uk
    0800 373106


    Nettex Gut Balancer

    A highly effective pre- and probiotic supplement that supports healthy hindgut and digestive function, skin and coat and condition and vitality.
    23.01 for 750g
    nettexequine.com
    01283 524222


    NutriScience Gastro Care

    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.
    From £74.99 for 1.8kg
    nutriscience.ie
    + 353 (0)51 304 01


    Plusvital Neutragast

    By combining B vitamins, calcified seaweed, boswellia extract and active yeast, this supplement is designed to soothe and help prevent digestive disturbances.
    £29.70 for 1.5kg
    plusvital.com
    +353 (0) 860252678 


    Science Supplements Gut Balancer

    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.
    £34.99 for 1.5kg
    sciencesupplements.co.uk
    0345 5046940


    TopSpec Digestive Aid

    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.
    £30.50 for 3kg
    topspec.com
    01845 565 030


    Vital Equine Gastri-Max

    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.
    £34.50 for 2.5kg
    vitalequine.co.uk
    01270 530930


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