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post #1 of 5 Old 02-21-2011, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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A question about probiotics and coat care.

Hi again,

Looking for opinions on Fast Track. My BO (who is also my mom!) is giving my 16 year old (and the other horses too) a supplement called Fast Track, which is a pro biotic. Does anyone have any experiences with this product? It seems alright so far, but I like to know more about what goes into my horse.

They are currently on Buckeye's Safe 'N Easy (thanks to this forum! <3 ) and a decent quality hay. I say decent quality because it's not that rich. Long story short, we have three geldings, two arabs and a quarab. The quarab is 30 years old and has cushing's disease (my mom medicates him for it and he's doing relatively well). One of the arabs is just about perfect weight, but lacking muscle tone (needs work!) and the other one, my horse, is fat. He came to me fat and is slowly losing weight, he also needs work.

Sorry for all the boring background, but here is what I am trying to ask, aside from the Fast Track opinion.
I'd like to consider a joint supplement for my fat guy, as well as a coat supplement (he's shedding like gangbusters and the underlying coat isn't as shiny as I'd like). I am considering testing him for cushing's before I put him on a joint supplement because I know that glucosamine, etc can be bad for Cushing's horses. I doubt he has it but better safe than sorry.

Is a coat supplement going to add more weight on my already heavy guy?

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-21-2011, 11:19 AM
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Fast Track is designed to make feed more readily available and absorbed. That's hardly an issue with young and fat horses. On the older on it couldn't hurt. As far as the coat, you need to incorporate some type of fat into the diet. Doesn't have to be much. As little as 2 oz of veg oil is plenty. I would try ground flax. Add 3-4 oz (one tuna fish can). It has anti inflamatory properties that might help out the fat one without adding an additional joint supplement. The best thing for him however is to get the excess weight off and he should be fine.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-21-2011, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks :)

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I'm not a fan of adding oil to a horse's diet, because horses don't have gallbladders - the organ that addresses fats - and therefore have a tougher time digesting it. It ends up in the intestine and can block uptake of fat-soluble vitamins A D E and K. this will also, ironically, impact the coat.

If you want a shiny coat start right away with a probiotic, and see what you get from there. Having good microbes in the hindgut cannot be underestimated - most equine feeds do not meet the needs of the bacteria, yeasts, and protozoa in the hindgut. So you have to put them there - which happens by feeding your horse pre-and pro biotics that help them grow and do the work they need to do - which is to break down the food the horse is already eating and get the maximum nutrients out of it. They also help work against gas colic and impactions, by helping to break down the food a horse is eating and not allowing it to get stuck and having gas back up behind it.

Improved digestive efficiency = stronger immune systems, better coat, better hooves, better health, better weight management, better feed efficiency. Besides feeding good quality hay and clean water, imo, it's pretty much the third most important thing you can do for your horse.

They're not all created equal though - so be careful about that. I happen to prefer liquid to powdered, and be sure it's both Pre and Pro biotic- ie it's not just depositing the microbes, it's providing what they need to flourish and grow.

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post #5 of 5 Old 03-05-2011, 11:04 AM
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the info I posted above about Oil was well debated by NoHorse in the oil supplement thread. Just wanted to note that. So read both sides.

As for the probio - can't stress them enough! :)
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