The horse's whole digestive tract from mouth to rectum is referred to as the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) and comprises the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (or colon), the caecum and the rectum. The large intestine and caecum are often referred to as the hindgut. The term gastric refers only to the stomach. Digestion of forage (fibre) takes place in the hindgut by microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, protozoa). Horses are often referred to as hindgut fermenters.
Supplements such as our award-winning Gut Balancer and Gut Balancer Express which contain both prebiotics (nutrients that encourage growth of “good” bacteria) and probiotics (live organisms such as yeasts which also support the growth of “good” bacteria) help maintain normal function of the hindgut and digestibility.
Supplements such as GastroKind which was the winner of the International Innovation Awards 2017 is a natural, nutritional formula developed by the leading veterinary scientists, nutritionists and vets. The unique formula promotes a healthy gastric environment, soothes the stomach walls, helps control acidity and supports the natural anti-inflammatory processes in the gut.
In summary, GastroKind works to maintain a healthy stomach and Gut Balancer works to maintain a healthy hindgut and digestion.
We strongly recommend that if you are uncertain about any aspect of your horse or ponies nutrition, diet, health or wellbeing then you call the Nutrition Advice Line on 0345 5046940.
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