September 26, 2019
We all want the best for our horses so that they can be as healthy as possible but with a drastic loss of biodiversity over the last 50 years, grazing and hay is often lacking in what our horses need.
Combine this with a huge feed and supplements market in which the quality of products varies drastically and the choice can be confusing, and it is no wonder many horses have gastrointestinal health issues which can be linked to disease and poor performance.
Until now, there hasn’t been a detailed way of analysing the microbiome in the hind gut which is made up of both good and bad bacteria. So any changes made to the diet in response to poor health or loss of performance have been guess work, unless invasive methods such as passing an endoscopy in to the stomach to diagnose gastric ulceration have been utilised.
Now thanks to EquiBiome leading the way in gut health, there is test kit available to all horse owners to enable microbial analysis of the hind gut, simply by collecting a faecal sample. Knowing what type and how many of the good and the bad bacteria, gives valuable insight into the type of diet that can help, and the type of pro and prebiotic that will suit the biome. Many of the bacteria within the list of pathogens are linked to gastrointestinal upsets such as diarrhoea, inflammation and discomfort. The Equibiome Test identifies them all and gives insight into management.
The test is so accurate that it can identify water contamination (arsenic/nitrate/nitrite), dietary deficiencies, mineral and vitamin imbalances, acidosis, antibiotic resistant bacteria and emerging pathogens.
The EquiBiome Test Kit is ordered online at equibiome.org and once it arrives follow the instructions and return your horse’s faecal sample for testing. You will then receive a detailed report with recommendations to improve your horse’s gut health.
With the right management, based on facts not guess work, your horse’s gut health can be improved.
For further information or to order an EquiBiome Test Kit please visit equibiome.org and follow the ‘EquiBiome’ page on Facebook.