Probiotics and Therapies
The equine gastro intestinal tract is home to a diverse and complex population of microbes, that evolve, live, eat, co-operate or compete to ferment and degrade the many different components of the horse’s diet.
‘Make no sudden changes in diet’ is the golden rule of feeding, but many modern feed ingredients have widely varying levels of components and quality, often with very little or no natural nutritive value. Equine Diets have changed rapidly and radically whilst the equine gastrointestinal system still has the genetic profile of its ancestors including the inheritance of the gut bacteria. For the horse to be nourished the members of the equine microbiota must be nourished first!
No other probiotics have had the benefit of research (using horses) that the Phytorigins products have received, enabling us to formulate a unique product able to support the whole of the microbiome.
It’s not only the bacteria that contribute to a healthy horse, other important members include; -
The Protozoa- are important starch digesters, they help prevent hind gut acidosis.
The Archaea- these help to sustain a continuous fermentation process, reducing emissions from the bacteria which clog up the system, encouraging a balance of good bacteria.
The Fungi- produce important amino acids from hay and grass.
Depending on the results that come back from the NGS Test your horse may require the addition of a pro or pre-biotic, either from the Phytorigins range or from another source, please view Phytorigins products here at
.“You could also ask who’s in charge. Lots of people think, well, we’re humans; we’re the most intelligent and accomplished species; we’re in charge. Bacteria may have a different outlook: more bacteria live and work in one linear centimeter of your lower colon than all the humans who have ever lived. That’s what’s going on in your digestive tract right now. Are we in charge, or are we simply hosts for bacteria? It all depends on your outlook.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier