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post #1 of 4 Old 12-09-2010, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Probiotics for Digestive Health

Hello everyone,
I am considering putting my new horse on probiotics, as his digestive health doesn't seem to be the greatest - his "piles" are often loose and runny. Has anyone used probiotics? How do you start out - do they have to be adjusted to it slowly?

My horse currently eats oats - I am still in the process of switching him over since his previous home. The feed I am considering switching him to is the Nutrena Safe Choice, which claims to have probiotics in it. Would it be bad (or unnecessary) to still put him on a probiotic supplement? What is the general opinion on Safe Choice?

I know I'm asking a lot of questions all at once here, LOL. So thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-09-2010, 11:44 PM
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Haven't used Safe Choice but I have used probiotics and swear by them. Check out the specifics on the probiotics; there are lots of different kinds and maybe you will end up with a variety rather than a double dose of just one or two. Start out with about half of the regular dose and build up to a full dose. Sometimes the first day or two is still a problem with loose piles, but it actually seems to work pretty fast. I like FastTrack Fastrack Probiotic Pack (Equine - Horse Supplements - Digestive - Fastrack) or Brookside's probiotic Command FT Probiotic Pack Brookside Supplements (Farm Supplies - Swine Health - Swine Oral Medicati. After you get on a maintenance dose, your horse will utilize the nutrients in his feed better, so he may not need as many calories to maintain weight!

Sounds like you're on the right track with adding and changing slowly. Good luck!
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-09-2010, 11:44 PM
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I swear by probiotics for a hard keeper or horse prone to ulcers. I also prefer oats to premixed feeds for ulcer prone horses, but that is an entirely different topic. I feed optamax by mvp. Probiotics are a very "safe" supplement to feed, you should be able to ad them right into his daily ration with no issues.
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-09-2010, 11:57 PM
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My 21 year old TB gelding, who has ulcers and is a very hard keeper and has struggled with colic *knock on wood to not jinx myself for saying the C word* has been put on 2 products from SmartPak.

SmartDigest Ultra - love this product and I will always keep him on it, and any horse I get in the future. It not only has Pro Biodics, but Pre as well.

And SmartGut Pellets (this is more for ulcers)

I do not know anything about Safechoice though - so I am no help there.

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