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Equilin COMFORT, the new support for horses with gastric problems
Equilin COMFORT has a unique composition, especially developed to support horses with stomach issues and/or stomach ulcers. EquilinCOMFORT is grain free and contains the most important ingredients of the BASIC - namely magnesium, vitamin E without selenium, MSM, plant based omega 3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA), essential amino acids, pre- and probiotics and a mycotoxin binder - with added liquorice root, chamomile and FOS (inulin) with the aim to relax and support the stomach.
What are gastric ulcers?
Gastric ulcers, also known as Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS), are found in both trained and untrained horses. In sports- and recreational horses they are found in 17 - 58 % of the horses, and in endurance-, racing- and harness racing horses the percentage is even higher, around 50 - 93 %. Foals are also likely to develop gastric ulcers after being weaned off (82%). Horses are generally susceptible to gastric problems when exposed to physical and/or emotional stress.
Gastric ulcers are lesions of the gastric wall, often developed when horses spend too much time without feed.
Horses have a pretty small stomach, with a content of 10 to 20 litres. The stomach is relatively small in size because in nature a horse spends most of his time eating small portions.
The stomach and liver of the horse constantly produce gastric acid. The gastric acid is a natural barrier to pathogens, and is necessary for the activation of digestive enzymes and protein digestion. By mixing the gastric acid with food, the degraded digestive enzymes will act on the food and not on the walls of the stomach and intestines. Because these juices are continuously produced, it is important that horses eat almost continuously; a minimum of 12 to 16 hours per day with intervals of no more than 6 hours.
If horses spend too much time without feed, there won’t be enough feed mixed with saliva to pass the gastrointestinal tract, which means the gastric acid can’t act on the food and will start to damage the gastric wall, eventually possibly resulting in gastric ulcers.
Gastric ulcers can be incredibly painful for the horse, but because not all horses show specific symptoms, the diagnosis is regularly missed. It’s also possible the symptoms are wrongly related to stomach problems, when they are actually linked to other problems like for example hornets, back problems, problems due to wrong tack et cetera.
How can I see if my horse has gastric ulcers?
Symptoms of horses with gastric ulcers are:
But most of all gastric ulcers are found in horses that don't show any symptoms.
What to do when suspecting gastric ulcers?
If you suspect your horse might have stomach ulcers, it’s advisable to first adjust the entire management. Particularly peptic ulcers in the upper part of the stomach can usually heal well by themselves if the feeding and stable management is adjusted properly. These changes in management can be well supported by the EquilinCOMFORT. In case the symptoms are more severe or if horses have to deal with prolonged stressful conditions, a gastric protector can help. As soon as all stress stimuli are removed and the ration is adjusted in such a way that horses can meet their natural needs, in most cases the stomach problems will also disappear on their own.
When do horses benefit from EquilinCOMFORT?
It’s not always possible to completely erase all stress incentives, and as a result, gastric ulcers might not disappear easily. Because the stomach doesn’t function properly, this has a negative effect on the rest of the digestion of the horse, causing among other things a poor digestion of fibers. These problems with digestion on their turn will cause stress, resulting in more gastric problems. This creates a negative spiral that we would like to breach with the product EquilinCOMFORT.
What is the effect of EquilinCOMFORT?
The COMFORT has a unique composition that is suitable to add to any ration. The product contains the same ingredients as the BASIC, but with added herbs. The herbs have proven to have a positive effect on the stomach. Liquorice root neutralizes the gastric acid and protects therefore the gastric lining against acids, so the gastric lining doesn’t get more damaged. The added chamomile works relaxing and calming on the stomach. And both chamomile and liquorice root have a calming effect on the horses’ psyche. Inulin exists of prebiotic fibers that have a positive effect on the probiotic intestinal bacteria, resulting in an improved digestion - in addition to the already present pre- and probiotics from the BASIC. There is also a good amount of natural vitamin E, DHA omega 3 and magnesium added to the BASIC and COMFORT, which has a relaxing effect on the horse.
What to do if symptoms persist?
In case the changes in management have insufficient results, it may be wise to let a veterinarian perform a gastroscopy, and depending on the findings the horse can be treated with medication.
Using omeprazole without the right diagnosis about the severity and location of the gastric ulcers can actually worsen the situation!
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