For millions of years, the horse has been an herbivorous animal and because of the environment and natural habitat they
have developed a unique digestive system.
The horse has a relatively small stomach (9 to 15 litres), a small intestine of about 20 meters in length – with food
passage through this in less than 1 hour. They also have a complex fiber digesting mechanism called a caecum, which in
turn connects to the large intestine – which is a large fermentation organ where water is absorbed.
The natural horse is a grazing herbivore, – grazing 18+ hours of every 24 per day. The digestive system has the following
1. The constant chewing produces saliva which buffers gastric acid
2. A small stomach which continuously secretes acid, and where food passage is less than 1 hour
3. A small intestine where a limited amount of digestion takes place – there is absorption of vitamins and simple sugars
4. The majority of nutrients/energy uptake takes place in the hind gut (caecum and colon) where bacterial fermentation of
carbohydrates/fibre into volatile fatty acids occurs in the caecum and colon
Since man has changed the horses diet to approximately 50% grain and in some cases 15-20% fat, the likelihood of digestive
problems occurring is apparent because their system was not designed to handle this type of food.
Equine nutrition has changed because of modern life styles, restriction of horses to stables and/ or paddocks without grazing –
which means the horse is being fed intermittently plus often having complete feeds and limited amounts of hay.
Numerous reports from different sources have confirmed that the incidence of gastric ulceration in performance horses is over
60%. It is also being shown that a high percentage of horses showing gastric ulceration often show colon ulceration.
This is observed by the horse’s appearance which is shown by changes in attitude, behavior and performance. Also seen are
shortened gaits, abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea, inappetence, bad behavior, crib-biting, weight loss. This is indicative of digestive
disturbances which commonly include gastric and/or colonic ulceration.
Elite Equine Digestive Aid is a unique nutritional digestive supplement especially formulated to supplement normal functions of the
digestive enzymes in the gut, thus it contains a scientifically prepared range of nutrients balanced to support normal digestion.
PREVENTION OF DIGESTIVE UPSET
The utilization of supplements which contain a mix of ingredients to assist in digestion and to balance the pH in the digestive tract,
to supply specific nutrients for the microorganisms in the digestive tract, and also supply specific nutrients to aid the health of the
gastro-intestinal tract – assist in reducing ulceration. This aids in controlling digestive disruption. The use of pharmaceutical
treatments to reduce gastric acid secretion or supplying antacids alone, does not contribute to improving digestion. The nutrients of
Elite Equine Digestive Aid are shown in the ingredients and the balance of these is what makes the product successful.
Proof of success with Elite Digestive Aid was done by using a horse that had a history of showing positive results for gastric and/ or
colonic ulceration as diagnosed by the Succeed FBT Test. The success achieved by using digestive supplements (e.g. Elite
Digestive Aid, Succeed DCP) and measuring the progress with the FBT Test is confirmed by the testimonial supplied by Dr Mark
Walton of the Hermanus Animal Hospital in treating a horse – Hurst Nabibi. Pictures of horses showing positive diagnosis of colonic
ulceration (A) and/or gastric ulceration (B) are reflected in the pictures of the test kit shown below.
Stride Distributors and Ashkan Consulting are happy to introduce you to this new development in treating digestive disturbances.
Should you want direct contact with people who have been satisfied, please feel free to contact us.
Essential Fatty Acids
Plantago ovata Husk
Store in original container between 5-25ºC, in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight. Reseal/
close container after use. Product must be used within 3 months of opening.
NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
NB: THIS IS NOT A VETERINARY MEDICINAL PRODUCT.
For animal use only and as directed. If in doubt discontinue use and consult your representative or
DISPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS: Clean thoroughly and dispose as per local regulations.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
24 months from date of manufacture
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