Horses competing in a wide range of disciplines at all levels, from Pony Club to the Olympics, can be subject to lifestyle challenges which can negatively affect their gut health. These include:
- Strenuous exercise
- Transport to competitions
- Management changes
- Low forage diet
- High concentrate diet
- Limited turnout
- Change of routine when away competing
All of these factors can impact the balance of beneficial and pathogenic (bad) bacteria in the gut. Any imbalance caused is known as dysbiosis and this can have a negative effect on your horse’s health and performance. This can lead to problems such as:
- Behavioural change
- Weight loss
- Poor performance
To optimise performance it is therefore important that hindgut health is maintained despite the lifestyle challenges competition horses are subjected to. Use Coopers® Gut to help your horse to maintain a normal balance of bacteria within the gut throughout the competition season.
Long term use
Throughout the competition season Coopers Gut Support provides prebiotics and postbiotics to help to optimise digestion, condition and performance. It can be feed daily and also contains amino acids to help your horse maintain body condition throughout the season.
Short term use
During specific periods of the competition season, such as competitions and travelling, Coopers Gut Equalise provides prebiotics and postbiotics to help to maintain the normal balance of bacteria within the gut. It is a paste which is used once daily for short periods of time.