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  • Can a horse be given too much probiotics?
  • Can you give a horse too many pre and pro biotics?

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    07-22-2011, 11:26 PM
I have 2 OTTBs one of which I believe has ulcers. The smart pak smart digest ultra has made ALL the difference in her. I think stuff that applies to your average quarter horse or grade horse simply does not apply to OTTBs in my opinion and experience. They are fine tuned athletes and if you believe what the Vet manual says them 80% of all OTTBs have ulcers. I'd say that is pretty much right on target. They are just genetically predisposed to getting ulcers and anything upsetting can bring on am outbreak. My mare ate good and had good appetite she just never gained weight. She was getting 8lbs of stradigy and 8lbs of sweet-feed 10% protein and unlimited free choice grass hay daily and was on a 11 to 12 acre pasture with 3 other horses and she actually LOST weight when I first got her. I also have recently changed her to Alfalfa and even tho it looks like a lower quality alfalfa the horses eat it love it WAY better than the grass hay. There MUST be a reason that TB owners at the track give the alfalfa. I think TBs just do better on it. I read a forage comparison and it showed OTTBS losing weight dramatically on Bahaia (sp) grass hay which is mostly what we have down here. Ill probably keep my girl on the smart pack until she gets to the weight I want and seems to be maintaining well then see if I can gradually wean her off it but I may never be able too..... only time will tell I guess. Good luck with your baby!
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    07-23-2011, 01:19 AM
I swear by probiotics. I have 2 aged horses and one's toothless and 32 y.o. And a very skinny old man. I use Fastrack or the equivalent when they start to lose condition and/or weight. The old guy is the bigger challenge and when he's doing good, I cut back on the probiotics to see if he's over the hump. He might go months just fine. When he starts to get skinny again I up his diet and calories and if that doesn't make a difference real soon, he goes back on probiotics. He sometimes (every year or two or three) will have a bout of diarrhea and the probiotics clear it up immediately.
    07-25-2011, 03:16 PM
My vet recommended to give my horse probiotics for about 2 weeks (he ws on antibiotics) then to STOP

....it is good to get the good bacteria back in porportion but too much of one type will cause a problem ( which is usually only one main kind it most probiotics. Lactobacillus ) .

There are numerous types of bacteria in the hindgut and you don't want to overpopulate it with just one type. So pick a GOOD probiotic with a couple different types of good bacteria feed for 2 weeks then discontinue. And start giving a PRE biotic. Which is food to maintain the proper balance of bacteria.
    08-01-2011, 12:23 AM
I use pro biotics and enzymes off and on. I do not keep anyone on them permanently. For ulcer relief and prevention you can feed aloe Vera juice.
    08-02-2011, 09:53 PM
I also use the smartdigest ultra for my 7 yr old arab who I bought 3 months ago who had ulcers. He is doing really well, has gained a lot of weight, and eats great now (only picked at his hay before and laid down in a slight colic after his morning grain). I will continue to feed it unless I feel that he is really in a stable condition (right now he is experiencing a lot of new things and I don't want to push it).

Also, feeding hay before grain really helps. It fills the stomach and buffers the stomach acid that a grain meal can produce. Of course, you'll also want to feed a low sugar and starch grain.
    10-03-2011, 09:06 PM
Thumbs up gastric probiotics

I feed my horse gastric probiotics now and then. Usually when they are stressed or change of diet. I'm using these new ones from http://www.abler.com they seem to work pretty well and they are pretty cheap.
    10-04-2011, 01:31 AM
I feed probiotics to my horses, my dogs, and my husband daily. Its just good all the way around for us.

My horses feed is fair, but they have been in a bad way lately. So I feed it to them for their gut. My dog tend to get stress diarrhea, so I feed it to her for that. My husband has IBD, and well, its for that.

I notice when my family is off them. (IE I run out...) So I keep them on it.

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