Probiotics are live microbes (bacteria, yeast, fungi and protozoa) that help horses maintain a healthy gut by protecting against “bad” microbes or pathogens. Maintaining a healthy microbiome promotes optimal digestive function and absorption of nutrients and helps support the immune system.

Horses that have digestive problems such as bloating, mild discomfort, loose stools (diarrhea), chronically dry stools (constipation) or horses that are intolerant to grain in the diet are good candidates for probiotic supplementation.

If you are concerned that your horse is losing weight or is unable to gain weight, you may want to consider probiotics to help balance their gut microbes and improve nutrient absorption.

There are a number of different strains of probiotic bacteria that are fed to horses to support gut health, help balance gut microflora and support digestion. Five popular strains are Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum, and Enterococcus faecium.

These strains of probiotic bacteria survive the acidic environment of the horse’s stomach and are not affected by bile or digestive enzymes in the intestine. This means a large proportion of the probiotics consumed will reach the hindgut where they proliferate.

Probiotic supplements are designated as Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) by the US Food and Drug Administration. No adverse effects have been found in adult horses whose diets are supplemented with probiotics. They can safely be fed to healthy horses on a preventative basis or to horses that are experiencing digestive issues.

Mad Barn’s Optimum Probiotic is a pure blend of 5 strains of probiotics with no additional fillers. Each serving provides a guaranteed minimum of 20 billion viable CFUs (Colony Forming Units) of beneficial bacteria.

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