Good hindgut health is essential for the production of energy from food. Unfortunately hindgut health is often compromised in older horses for a number of reasons.
Firstly, in older horses long term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkiller (NSAID) use is common due to lameness. This can cause an imbalance of microflora within the gut and colonic inflammation which can cause weight loss, diarrhoea and colic. Secondly, older horses, particularly those with Cushing's disease, are susceptible to infections and therefore are often placed onto antibiotics and this also disrupts the microflora within the gut.
Digestion can be less efficient in older horses due to issues such as dental disease which can leave horses with a reduced ability to chew food.
In order to counter this it is advisable to feed older horses Coopers® Gut supplements containing both pre and postbiotics to help to maintain a healthy balance of gut flora and therefore help to optimise digestion and thus condition. Coopers Gut Support also contains amino acids to help to maintain body condition.
In older horses the adequate provision of good quality fibre, be it hay, chopped fibre or fibre pellets, is of huge importance.