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What's different about FlexAbility+ PLUS? FlexAbility+ PLUS is the highest specification joint supplement available in the UK* and the only joint supplement on the market with two clinical and scientific studies demonstrating the positive effects of joint supplementation. FlexAbility is the only joint supplement in the UK with a published, peer reviewed paper in The Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. The study is the largest undertaken in recent history and the findings were also accepted and presented at the British Equine Veterinary Association Congress. The clinical trials suggest for stiff horses, 6-7 out of 10 fed FlexAbility benefit in maintaining normal joint function and mobility. Formulated for maximum effect with superior levels of active ingredients and scientifically evaluated.
How does FlexAbility Compare? Below is a graph detailing the leading joint supplements in the UK*. With six active ingredients and the highest amount of those ingredients we are leading the way in joint support and nutrition formulation.
We beleive that when comparing joint supplements the key elements to consider are: - The actual level of active ingredients as declared by the manufacturer - The rate at which each manufacturer is advising you to feed (This needs to be sufficient to provide the correct level for a horse, not a smaller animal) - The quality of the ingredients used (Are they an approved and certified manufacturer. Look for UFAS and FEMAS certification) - Do they have any published or clinical data to support their claims?
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*Data is correct as of March 2016 and compares some of the leading joint supplements in the UK based on their published maintenance feeding rates for an average 500kg horse and published declared levels of active ingredients. This is only one method of comparison and should be used as a guide.
What? A high specification supplement that provides declared levels of key nutrients involved in cartilage synthesis and support using a unique combination and optimal levels of scientifically proven ingredients, including glucosamine, low molecular weight chondroitin, MSM, omega 3 fatty acids DHA & EPA, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and Vitamin C. Low dust, highly palatable and manufactured under the strictest conditions in our approved and certified UFAS and BETA NOPS approved manufacturing facility.
Why? Wear and tear on the skeletal system particularly the joints occurs both as the result of exercise training and simply as part of the ageing process. A key factor in maintaining joint health and function is an adequate supply of the nutritional building blocks needed to support cartilage turnover and joint lubrication. FlexAbility+ PLUS helps to promote and maintain normal mobility and joint function, is suitable for all horses and ponies and provides nutrient support for joints against the rigours of training and competition. It can also help to maintain normal mobility and joint function in older animals
When? Suitable for all horses and ponies to provide nutrient support for joints against the rigours of training and competition, can help to maintain normal mobility and joint function in older animals and for use in young animals to support normal joint health and mobility.
How? Simply add to feed, ideally split between meals. Feed at loading rate for 14 days then reduce to the maintenance rate. Effects can be seen in as little as 7 days, but normally by 10-14 days. What to expect: freer movement, longer stride, less stiffness, increased rolling, more athleticism
Active Ingredient Levels Per 54g (500kg Horse FeedingRate) FlexAbility+ PLUS delivers: MSM 6.5g Glucosamine HCl 10g Chondroitin Sulphate 4.1g Vitamin C 5.0g DHA 1.9g EPA 1.0g (Total Omega 3 2.9g) Hyaluronic Acid (HA) 150mg
How to accurately evaluate and compare joint supplements
It seems that the graph that we recently posted showing a comparison of CONTENT of different ingredients in joint supplements has caused a bit of a stir!
Not surprising really. The reason it has caused a stir is because some companies choose to market on PERCENTAGE or CONCENTRATION of active ingredients rather than on CONTENT.
Here is a clear explanation of what these terms mean and why PERCENTAGE can be very misleading and why CONTENT (the actual amount your horse gets) is the only accurate way to compare.
PERCENTAGE is the amount of an ingredient in a supplement in grams per gram x 100 (or it could be mg per mg or kg per kg and so on). So if there is 20g of an active ingredient in 100g of supplement that is 20%. It’s also the same as CONCENTRATION in this case. You will also often see on labels the amount of an ingredient in a supplement expressed as g/kg or mg/kg or IU/kg - this is a CONCENTRATION (but could be converted to a %). For example, in the case of pure glucosamine in a supplement with nothing else, then the PERCENTAGE or CONCENTRATION will be 100%.
This DOES NOT tell you how much your horse will get of the active ingredient. For that you need to know the FEEDING RATE (amount of supplement fed per day). For example:
If a supplement claims to contain 10g of Glucosamine in a 20g FEEDING RATE:
The PERCENTAGE of Glucosamine in the product is 50% (10g out of a total of 20g)
The CONTENT of Glucosamine is 10g at a FEEDING RATE of 20g (20g = total amount fed to horse, 10g being the actual amount of Glucosamine your horse will get)
The CONCENTRATION of Glucosamine is 50g/100g or 500g/kg
So why is the FEEDING RATE so important? The rate at which the manufacturer is advising you to feed determines the CONTENT (actual amount) of each active ingredient that your horse will receive. So on paper a supplement might claim to have “no fillers” and provide 100% Glucosamine. However, when you look at the feeding rate and it tells you to feed a 10g scoop, your horse will only get 10g of glucosamine. Another manufacturer might have a combination of beneficial ingredients and provide as part of the formulation 50% worth of Glucosamine. When you then look at the feeding rate it tells you to feed 3 x 10g scoops (30g). In this example your horse will get 15g of Glucosamine; 5g more than the first supplement.
BOTTOM LINE – PERCENTAGE or CONCENTRATION on their own are meaningless and misleading! CONTENT is the most important as this is what your horse ACTUALLY GETS.
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Winner of the International Innovation Awards 2017 GastroKind 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.
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Gastrokind can be fed to all horses during or following veterinary treatment to help encourage a healthy stomach environment and is a natural alternative to maintain a healthy gut.
The Judging Panel commented:
"This product has met NOPS and UFAS standards and it's ingredient list is transparent. It has clinical examples of it being successfully used by horse owners under the direction of vets, alongside medical treatment"
What’s inside?
Ficus glomerata extract - Ficus glomerata or Cluster Fig is an evergreen or deciduous tree and found all over India and Southeast Asia. Traditionally in Asian countries compounds in the fruit are extremely high in natural phenolics, flavonoids, phytosterols and terpenoids and have high antioxidant capacity (Eshwarappa et al. 2015). Studies using an extract of Ficus glomerata have been shown to support the stomach lining, promote a healthy gastric environment and help control acidity.
Apple Pectin & Lecithin - Pectin-lecithin complexes have been studied in horses and support the total mucus concentration in gastric juice (Koller et al. 2010). Mucus helps protect the stomach lining from acid. A study in horses demonstrated that the combination of magnesium hydroxide, a pectin-lecithin complex and Saccharomyces cerevisiae can support a healthy stomach.
Saccharomyces cerevisiae – Yeast cells are high in a small protein called thioredoxin. Thioredoxin is found in all mammal cells and is a powerful antioxidant. Recent studies have shown that oral administration of thioredoxin support the gastric lining (mucosa)
MgOH – Magnesium hydroxide when used in combination with a pectin-lecithin formulation and Saccharomyces cerevisiae can support a healthy stomach.
Alfalfa – Alfalfa has buffering capacity which means it can help maintain the stomach walls. Studies have shown that alfalfa when used for this purpose has a greater effect compared with horses fed Bermuda grass hay. Alfalfa also has an important role in ensuring palatability, keep the active ingredients evenly distributed throughout the supplement so that settling does not occur and keeping the moisture content of the supplement as low as possible which ensures the active ingredients are persevered in shipping and storage.
Vitamin C – Alongside Vitamin E, Vitamin C is the other major anti-oxidant. Vitamin C capacity also declines with age. Vitamin C has been shown to have a major role in supporting a healthy gastric environment. The antioxidant Vitamin C has also been shown to support the gastric lining whilst not interfering with the positive effects of omeprazole (Kohler et al. 2010) therefore ideal for use alongside veterinary treatment.
Vitamin E – Vitamin E has been shown to aid the natural process of reduction of stomach acidity, acid production and gastric acid volume (Cuevas et al, 2011; Huilgol et al. 2014). Vitamin E in high feeding rates has significant anti-oxidative action.
Selenium – Selenium is an important co-factor the effective function of antioxidant enzymes and Vitamins such as Vitamin E.
Instructions for use and feeding guide
1 scoop (150ml) = 94g
Maintenance feeding rate or for horses following veterinary treatment or to promote a healthy stomach environment.
Pony (approximately 250kg) 2 x 150ml scoops per day split between at least 2 meals
Horse (approximately 450-550kg) 2 x 150ml scoops per day split between at least 2 meals
Large Horse (approximately 750kg) 3 x 150ml scoops per day split between at least 2 meals
For horses under veterinary treatment feed for 7-14 days before moving to the maintenance feeding rate.
Pony (approximately 250kg) 3 x 150ml scoops per day split between at least 2 meals
Horse (approximately 450-550kg) 4 x 150ml scoops per day split between at least 2 meals
Large Horse (approximately 750kg) 6 x 150ml scoops per day split between at least 2 meals
If symptoms re-occur or increase in severity, then you should contact your veterinary surgeon
Active ingredients (per 300ml/188g – horse maintenance feeding rate): Fruit extracts 37.5g; Yeast 13.5g; Magnesium hydroxide 6.8g; Lecithin 6.8g; Apple pectin 3.4g; Vitamin C 3.4g; Vitamin E2000 IU; Selenium 0.7mg.
Composition: Fruit extract, apple pectin, lecithin, yeast, magnesium hydroxide, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, selenium, alfalfa.
Additives (per kg): Vitamin E (all rac-alpha tocopherol acetate, 3a700) 10,695 IU/kg; Selenium as Sodium selenite (E8-Selenium) 3.74 mg/kg.
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What? Research shows that supplementing the horses diet with anti-oxidants aids the respiratory system and provides valuable support. In a recent study of 37 horses with compromised respiratory function, feeding RespirAid showed positive benefits in just 7 days. RespirAid also includes Vitamin C as Ascorbyl Monophosphate. This is the form of Vitamin C that is highly absorbed in horses, unlike Ascorbic Acid whi is commonly used in supplements but very poorlly absorbed by horses.
Why? Respiratory stress is common for today’s horses. Environmental factors such as stabling conditions, bedding, quality of ventilation, stress, travelling, mixing with other horses and many other contributing elements can all harbour dust and fungal spores which accumulate in and irritate the sensitive lining of the lungs and respiratory tract.
When? RespirAid should be fed on a daily basis to help support a healthy respiratory system. It is also ideal for horses and ponies that are stabled for long periods of time with restricted turnout, or exposed to stressful situations i.e travelling, competition, change of yard or a change in hay and feed.
How? Level 25ml (21g) scoops per day.
Maintenance – to support respiratory health:
Pony (approximately 250kg) 1.5
Horse (approximately 500kg) 2
Large Horse (approximately 750kg) 2.5
For horses requiring extra respiratory support:Scoops per day for 10 days*:
Pony (approximately 250kg) 3
Horse (approximately 500kg) 4
Large Horse (approximately 750kg) 5
Active Ingredient Levels 85g of RespirAid delivers: Vitamin C 10g (as Ascorbyl Monophosphate) Vitamin E 4000 IU MSM 20g Copper 100mg Zinc 400mg Manganese 400mg Selenium 1mg
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WELLHORSE VETERAN is supported by 50 years of scientific research into what individual horses and ponies require and is formulated to meet the demands of the older horse. It contains every important nutrient your veteran horse requires and meets the NRC (National Research Council) and BASF (Animal Nutrition) recommendations for vitamins, microminerals and macrominerals and also supports joint health and the immune system, to keep your older horse as active as ever. Horses’ nutritional requirements change as they age and WELLHORSE VETERAN has been formulated to safely satisfy this specific need. In addition to vitamins and minerals, WELLHORSE VETERAN also includes a source of highly bioavailable D-Biotin (also known as Vitamin H or Vitamin B7) to support hoof growth, skin and coat condition, as well as containing an innovative protected live yeast and a mycotoxin binder to support a healthy GI tract. WELLHORSE VETERAN also provides a high quality source of Glucosamine and MSM to help support joints, and increased levels of Vitamin E and C to aid respiratory and muscle function.
Feeding Guide Level 25ml (19g) scoops per day.
Pony (approximately 250kg) 1.5
Horse (approximately 500kg) 3
Large Horse (approximately 750kg) 4.5
Active Ingredients (per 57g / 3 level scoops)Vitamin A 30,000 IU; Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 30 mg; Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 30 mg; Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 50 mg; Vitamin B5 (Pantothenate) 30 mg; Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 20 mg; Vitamin B12 250 ug; Vitamin C 3000 mg; Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 3300 IU; Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 3000 mg; Vitamin K 10 mg; Folic acid 20 mg; Biotin 1.25 mg; Choline 750 mg; Selenium 1.25 mg; Iodine 3.5 mg; Manganese 400 mg; Zinc 400 mg; Copper 100 mg; Magnesium 87 mg; Calcium 7.6 g; Glucosamine HCl 5000 mg; Methyl sulphonyl methane (MSM) 6000 mg; Saccharomyces cerevisiae 9 x 1010 cfu; MOS & betaglucans 5000 mg.
Do not exceed the recommended intake. The Selenium intake from other dietary components should be considered. If in doubt, please contact our nutritional helpline for detailed advice.Feeding Guide Level 25ml (19g) scoops per day.
Pony (approximately 250kg) 1.5
Horse (approximately 500kg) 3
Large Horse (approximately 750kg) 4.5
Active Ingredients (per 57g / 3 level scoops)Vitamin A 30,000 IU; Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 30 mg; Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 30 mg; Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 50 mg; Vitamin B5 (Pantothenate) 30 mg; Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 20 mg; Vitamin B12 250 ug; Vitamin C 3000 mg; Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 3300 IU; Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 3000 mg; Vitamin K 10 mg; Folic acid 20 mg; Biotin 1.25 mg; Choline 750 mg; Selenium 1.25 mg; Iodine 3.5 mg; Manganese 400 mg; Zinc 400 mg; Copper 100 mg; Magnesium 87 mg; Calcium 7.6 g; Glucosamine HCl 5000 mg; Methyl sulphonyl methane (MSM) 6000 mg; Saccharomyces cerevisiae 9 x 1010 cfu; MOS & betaglucans 5000 mg.
Do not exceed the recommended intake. The Selenium intake from other dietary components should be considered. If in doubt, please contact our nutritional helpline for detailed advice.
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WELLHORSE LEISURE is supported by 50 years of scientific research into what individual horses and ponies require and is formulated to meet the demands of the leisure horse. It contains every important nutrient your horse requires and meets the NRC (National Research Council) and BASF (Animal Nutrition) recommendations for vitamins, microminerals and macrominerals. In addition to vitamins and minerals, WELLHORSE LEISURE also includes a source of highly bioavailable D-Biotin (also known as Vitamin H or Vitamin B7) to support hoof growth, skin and coat condition, as well as containing an innovative protected live yeast and a mycotoxin binder to support a healthy GI tract.
Feeding Guide Level 25ml (14g) scoops per day.
Pony (approximately 250kg) 1.5
Horse (approximately 500kg) 3
Large Horse (approximately 750kg) 4.5
Active Ingredients (per 43g / 3 level scoops) Vitamin A 30,000 IU; Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 30 mg; Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 30 mg; Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 50 mg; Vitamin B5 (Pantothenate) 30 mg; Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 20 mg; Vitamin B12 250 ug; Vitamin C 500 mg; Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 3300 IU; Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 500 mg; Vitamin K 10 mg; Folic acid 20 mg; Biotin 1.25 mg; Choline 750 mg; Selenium 1.25 mg; Iodine 3.5 mg; Manganese 400 mg; Zinc 400 mg; Copper 100 mg; Magnesium 84 mg; Calcium 4.06 g; Saccharomyces cerevisiae 9 x 1010 cfu.
Do not exceed the recommended intake. The Selenium intake from other dietary components should be considered. If in doubt, please contact our nutritional helpline for detailed advice.
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ProKalm has recently been rated the UK's Number 1 in a survey of over 1500 participants* and is an innovation in helping horses and ponies perform to their potential using a unique formulation that acts rapidly in as little as 30 minutes with the effects  lasting up to 8 hours. At low intake ProKalm is perfect for “taking the edge off”. At moderate and high intake, ProKalm  is suitable for more demanding situations.
ProKalm is available as a feed supplement or as a syringe and can be fed as required, either for isolated situations or as a daily feed to achieve consistent performance.
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What? An innovation in helping horses and ponies perform to their potential and may aid concentration. Fast acting and effective supplement with results in as little as 30 minutes from feeding. A unique combination of herb extracts and amino acids and does not contain valerian, magnesium or tryptophan. ProKalm does not sedate or affect gait or performance.
Why? How ever well you manage horses, they are all individuals and at times may need that little extra nutritional support.

This graph is for information purposes and relates to the information found in the study highlighted below.
When?  ProKalm is perfect for “taking the edge off” horses. At moderate and high intake ProKalm is suitable for more demanding situations  ProKalm can be fed as required, either for an isolated situation such as competing or can be fed daily.
How? ProKalm is best given in feed on a regular basis. The effects of a single feed can begin within 30 minutes and last for up to 8 hours. The amount given can be varied to get the desired effect. Some horses require a higher rate than others. For a strong effect, e.g. to clip, shoe, box or when first turning out, give 2-4 scoops for a 500kg horses in feed or give one full syringe. For a mild-moderate effect , e.g. for riding, travelling, etc give 1-2 scoops for a 500kg horse in feed or give one full syringe around 1-2h before peak effect is required. For sustained results over time, give 1 to 2 scoops for a 500kg horse in both morning and evening feeds for at least 7 days. For first time use we strongly recommend feeding 2 x 25ml scoops per day split between morning and evening feed for a 500kg horse. If the effect is too strong then reduce the feeding rate.
If after 1-2 days the effect is not strong enough then increase to 4 x 25ml scoops per day and up to 6 x 25ml scoops per day after a further 1-2 days
AND? Why not magnesium? There is no scientific evidence that magnesium has any calming effect in horses - Why not valerian? It is illegal under FEI and rules of racing - Why not tryptophan? Tryptophan signals to the body that it is exhausted and has a negative effect on performance.
Available in 192g trial pouch, a 1.1kg tub, 3.3kg tub or ProKalm syringe.
TESTS & TRIALS CARRIED OUT ON PROKALM
The effect of feeding domestic horses a herb extract and amino acid based calmer (PROKALM): a double blind placebo controlled trial. This is the summary of an independent study conducted at Hartpury College*
Introduction There are a very limited number of studies examining the effects of calming products on equines and the mechanisms underlying their use. Therefore many of the products on the market are not supported by scientific evidence (Harris, 2007); most companies rely on owner testimonials to evaluate their use, and they do not use controlled trials to demonstrate efficiency (Mckeever, 2005). The aims of the present study were 1) To determine if the reactivity of horses to a novel object test altered after seven days of feeding a commercial calmer (ProKalm, Science Supplements) 2) To determine if carers and instructors assessed the horse’s behaviour and temperament as having altered after supplementation.
Methods & Materials Sixteen mature horses without extreme behaviours were selected by the yard manager to participate.  All horses were weighed on a calibrated weigh bridge to determine the quantity of supplement they received.  Horses weighing over 600 kg received 5 scoops of the supplement daily and those weighing less than 600 kg received 4 scoops of the supplement daily (in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions).  The horses were randomly assigned into two groups, one half that received supplement X and one half that received supplement Y for seven days. All horses completed a novel object test and had a temperament questionnaire completed by a student carer and two instructors on day 0.  The horses were then fed their allocated supplement for seven days and on day seven underwent a novel object test and the questionnaire was repeated, to assess any changes in behaviour and temperament (both undesirable and desirable behaviours).  During the seven days the horses’ management regimens were kept consistent.
Results Novel object test: Horses in the study group ‘settled’ significantly faster on day 7 than day 0 (P<0.05), and significantly faster than the horses in the placebo group (P<0.05). Horses in the placebo group increased their vocalisation and object investigation on day 7 compared to day 0 (P<0.05), whilst those in the study group demonstrated a significant increase in alert behaviours only (P<0.05).
Conclusion In a group of horses with a range of behaviours typical of horses used for teaching, feeding ProKalm for 7 days resulted in both objective and subjective improvements in behaviour that could be considered desirable for handling, riding, training and competing.
*Helme, J. and Dumbell, L. (2009) Equine Centre, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucester, UK
The effect of feeding horses exhibiting stereotypical behaviours a commercial calming supplement
Introduction Stereotypical behaviours are common in horses. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a commercially available equine calmer (ProKalm, Science Supplements) could abolish or reduce the severity of stereotypical behaviours in horses.
Methods & Materials Fifteen horses exhibiting stereotypical behavior on a chronic and continuous basis were recruited to take part in the study. Owners were given a questionnaire and asked to describe the type of stereotypical behaviour and rate the severity on a visual-analogue scale with 0 being no stereotypical behavior observed to 10 being most severe stereotypical behavior. The behaviours reported were wind-sucking (n=5), crib-biting (n=4), weaving (n=4), box-walking (n=2). Three horses exhibited 2 different stereotypical behaviours. Owners were asked to score the horses on Day 1 (prior to treatment) and then on Days 2 and 3. All horses received 64g of ProKalm split equally between morning and evening feeds.  
Results All horses ate all supplements. The median behavior severity score on Day 1 was 7 (range 3 to 10) and reduced to 4 (range 0 to 8) and 2 (range 0 to 8) on Days 2 and 3, respectively. Three horses (who all exhibited wind-sucking with a severity score of 7 or 8/10) showed no reduction in behavior severity score as reported by their owners. The greatest reduction in behavior score was with horses showing weaving and crib-biting. Behaviours reduced on both days of treatment.  
Conclusion Feeding 64g of ProKalm for 2 days split between morning and evening feeds to horses with stereotypical behaviours resulted in a significant reduction in median behavior severity score, as reported by owners. The effect was strongest with horses exhibiting weaving and crib-biting. Further studies using higher feed rates and for a longer duration are warranted.
* In a survey conducted between March 2016 - May 2016 questions covered equestrian discipline, competitive level, reasons for using a product/supplement and their own experiences of the products/supplements they had used. 1689 complete, unique and valid responses were received. Only participants from the UK were encouraged and permitted. Responses were limited to one per IP address. ProKalm (Science Supplements) was rated the highest by both previous and current users.
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WELLHORSE PERFORMANCE is supported by 50 years of scientific research into what individual horses and ponies require and is formulated to meet the demands of the performance horse. It contains every important nutrient your performance horse requires and meets the NRC (National Research Council) and BASF (Animal Nutrition) recommendations for vitamins, microminerals and macrominerals and also supports joint health and the immune system, to keep your horse competing at its peak. Horses’ nutritional requirements change as their workload increases. WELLHORSE PERFORMANCE has been formulated to safely satisfy this specific need. In addition to vitamins and minerals, , WELLHORSE PERFORMANCE also includes a source of highly bioavailable D-Biotin (also known as Vitamin H or Vitamin B7) to support hoof growth, skin and coat condition, as well as containing an innovative protected live yeast and a mycotoxin binder to support a healthy GI tract. WELLHORSE PERFORMANCE also provides a high quality source of Glucosamine and MSM to help support joints, and increased levels of Vitamin E and C to aid respiratory and muscle function.

Feeding Guide Level 25ml (16g) scoops per day.
Pony (approximately 250kg) 1.5
Horse (approximately 500kg) 3
Large Horse (approximately 750kg) 4.5
Active Ingredients (per 48g / 3 level scoops) Vitamin A 60,000 IU; Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 63 mg; Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 40 mg; Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 75 mg; Vitamin B5 (Pantothenate) 50 mg; Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 30 mg; Vitamin B12 300 ug; Vitamin C 1000 mg; Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 6000 IU; Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 1500 mg; Vitamin K 15 mg; Folic acid 40 mg; Biotin 1.25 mg; Choline 1500 mg; Selenium 1.25 mg; Iodine 4.4 mg; Manganese 500 mg; Zinc 500 mg; Copper 125 mg; Magnesium 87 mg; Calcium 7.6 g; Glucosamine HCl 5000 mg; Methyl sulphonyl methane (MSM) 6000 mg; Saccharomyces cerevisiae 9 x 1010 cfu; MOS & betaglucans 5000 mg. Do not exceed the recommended intake. The Selenium intake from other dietary components should be considered. If in doubt, please contact our nutritional helpline for detailed advice.
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What? Winner of the BETA International Innovation Awards, Gut Balancer is a balanced combination of Pre and Pro-Biotics and contains a specially protected live yeast which ensures that high enough numbers of live yeast cells reach the hindgut to beneficially influence hindgut function. The rate at which it is fed also delivers the highest amount of yeast compared to any other product on the market ensuring it is highly and rapidly effective. Gut Balancer also contains a source of mannanoligosaccharide (MOS) and betaglucans, which help stimulate the growth of good bacteria and bind mycotoxins produced by fungal contamination of feed. In two studies, results were seen in just 7 days. (see graphs below)
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Why? Hindgut disturbance in horses can lead to serious problems if not managed effectively. Unlike us, horses rely heavily on fermentation by a number of different species of bacteria to digest plant material in the large intestine. Changes in diet, stress and exercise can lead to imbalances between the different species of bacteria, which in turn can upset the environment in the hindgut and cause overgrowth of bad bacteria. Fungal toxins (mycotoxins) which are common feed contaminants, but difficult or impossible to detect without laboratory testing, can lead to growth impairment, poor condition, poor health and poor performance.
Why is our Gut Balancer Unique? Gut Balancer contains a protected live yeast of the species Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The yeast inside each granule is protected from acidity, heat and moisture by a layer of dead yeast cells which enhances stability meaning that more yeast cells reach the hindgut alive. Micro-organisms such as yeast which have a beneficial effect on health when eaten are often referred to as probiotics; when translated this means literally “for life”. In the hindgut, probiotics such as specific species of yeasts if fed in sufficient amounts, and in a formulation that ensure they survive the conditions in the stomach and small intestines, can influence the balance between good and bad bacterial species. By using our unique protection system, we ensure the optimum level of live yeast reaches the hindgut without being affected by the conditions above. The benefits include stabilisation of the conditions in the large intestine resulting in the stimulation of natural fermentative activity, improving fibre digestion helping to realise and unlock potential from forages such as hay and haylage and aid the efficiency of digestion.
When? Gut Balancer should be fed on a daily basis to help support a healthy Gastrointestinal (GI) tract and to help support gut health and aid digestion. It is also ideal for older horses, poor doers and horses and ponies that lose condition at any time of year. Gut Balancer may also be fed to horses or ponies with GI disturbance and at times of increased risk of GI disturbance such as increased stress, travelling, competition, change of yard or a change in hay or feed etc.
How?
Level 25ml (21g) providing 20g of live yeast equivalent to 2.1 x 10^11 CFU and 1g of yeast cell walls providing MOS and betaglucans.
Maintenance – to support GI health:
Pony (approximately 250kg) 1 scoop
Horse (approximately 500kg) 1 scoop
Large Horse (approximately 750kg) 2 scoops
For horses with loose droppings, poor condition, weight loss etc. Scoops per day for 7 days*:
Pony (approximately 250kg) 2 scoops
Horse (approximately 500kg) 2 scoops
Large Horse (approximately 750kg) 3 scoops
*If after 3 days droppings are still loose, then double the feeding rate for a further 3 days. Reduce to the maintenance rate after 7 days.
Active Ingredient Levels (per kg): Protected Live yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae 9 x 10^12 CFU Mannanoligosaccharide (MOS) & Betaglucans 48g
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