A recent Coopers® Gut survey has revealed 66 percent of UK horse owners include a hindgut supplement in their horse’s diet, to help improve digestive health.
Almost 95 percent of respondents who use Coopers® Gut said they are pleased with the results and 100 percent would recommend it to others.
Horse owners using gut supplements also said their horse appears happier, less stressed and more settled, while also producing more solid droppings and suffering less from colic.
Survey respondent, Claudia Watkins, explains why she recommends the use of gut supplements, particularly Coopers® Gut Support. “My thoroughbred mare, Cici, was taken in as a rescue case in a very poor state – skin and bone.
“Coopers® Gut Support was introduced to her diet, and along with a balanced diet and a lot of love, care and attention, Cici recovered from being emaciated to an animal who is now a picture of health having a full and happy life.
“Since then, Cici and I have competed at British Eventing BE100 level, finishing the 2018 season in the top 10 of the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) BE100 series.
“I recommend Coopers® Gut Support to anyone I speak to whose horse is having trouble keeping or gaining weight,” adds Ms Watkins.
Respondents of the survey who do not use a gut supplement put it down to the fact they do not know much about them. Claire Gotto, equine veterinary advisor at MSD Animal Health, explains how pre- and postbiotics in gut supplements can help support hindgut function.
“Horses have evolved as trickle feeders, designed to eat roughage for a large part of the day. However, with stabling, travelling, training and high concentrate feeding commonplace, horses now have several lifestyle challenges which can affect their fibre intake and digestion. As a result, an imbalance of microflora in the gut can disrupt hindgut function, putting unnecessary strain on the horse’s digestive system.
“Adding Coopers® Gut to your horse’s diet introduces prebiotics and postbiotics to their feed,” explains Mrs Gotto. “Prebiotics act as food for the beneficial bacteria in the gut, selectively stimulating its growth and activity, and helping to support hindgut function. Postbiotics are by-products of bacteria, created during the natural process of fermentation (fibre digestion). They are thought to have a positive effect on healthy bacteria in the gut and support the gut’s natural immune system.”
For more information about equine gut health visit https://www.msd-animal-health-hub.co.uk/coopers-range.
The Coopers® Gut survey ran online in January 2019 aiming to find out horse owners’ opinions of equine gut supplements. 55 people completed the survey.
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