Many of our mineral and vitamin supplements are natural providing the most essential nutrients to help maintain the good basic health of horses and ponies. Remember that horses in the old days foraged and grazed over broad areas and ate an assortment of vegetation. Now with limited grazing if at all, mineral supplements are needed to ensure healthy bodily functions and the well-being of horses and ponies.
Our herbal line is food grade where available. This means that the herbal remedies have been more rigorously tested than feed-grade quality. I believe in treating each horse with only one herb at a time so that you are able to make an informed decision about what works best.
I believe in using only chelated minerals, the process by which minerals are combined with amino acids and peptides making the minerals more digestible so that lower concentrations may be used. EquineVitality also has plant-based products such as as polysaccharide or mucilage which helps to soothe inflamed digestive tract membranes, aids in urinary tract infections and regular bowel movements, and restores bacterial balance to the horses’ and ponies’ guts.
With nearly 30 years of experience in caring for horses and ponies, I founded EquineVitality to provide a holistic approach to the comfort, health, and well-being of horses and ponies. EquineVitality offers many natural mineral and vitamin supplements, herbal remedies, and plant-based products for the health and well-being of horses and ponies. Every horse and pony is an individual, and now horse owners are making an informed decision as to what could work best going forward.
Horses are herbivores classified as hindgut fermenters, meaning their digestive and metabolic systems adapt to use fibres. Notably, the voluminous hindgut contains a significant number of cellulolytic bacteria. Various microorganisms, in large quantities, live in the gastrointestinal tract, from stomach to colon; and interact with each other. The abundance, diversity, and activity of microorganisms differ between the different regions of the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in different utilisations of dietary starch and fibres. n horses, dietary starch use implies digestion by a pancreatic enzyme and fermentation by the microbiota. The starch is used from the stomach to the colon: a part of starch is fermented by several bacteria species in the stomach and in the small intestine, leading to the formation of lactate and SCFA. The other part of starch is hydrolysed by pancreatic α-amylase as in other nonruminant species. Finally, after reaching the hindgut, starch will be fermented by amylolytic bacteria, leading to the formation of SCFA and lactate.
A high-starch diet can result in digestive disorders. Indeed, the capacity of horses to hydrolyse starch is limited because of low availability and activity of their pancreatic α-amylases . Consequently, when increasing the quantity of starch in a diet, there is a risk to exceed the small intestine enzymatic capacity to hydrolyse starch. Then, greater amount of nondegraded starch will reach the hindgut where it will be rapidly fermented. Rapid starch fermentation disturbs the microbial and pH balance in the caecum and in the colon. Lactobacillus spp and Streptococcus spp proliferate whereas the amount of cellulolytic bacteria decreases. Besides the microbiota modification, acid production increases. Accumulation of acids, especially lactic acid, overpowers the hindgut buffering capacity, resulting in lower caecal pH. A low pH is associated with a modification of the osmotic pressure, a proliferation of undesired bacterial populations, a lysis of cellulolytic bacteria and, finally, with an increasing risk of colic and laminitis.
Equine Athletes often need high levels of starch in training and prior to competing, which can lead to an inappropriate concentrate/forage ratio. In such situations, dietary practices are in conflict with digestive physiology of horses and can result in digestive disorders. Balancing the microbiota can reduce digestive and metabolic disorders and control diets containing high levels of starch in horses.
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