The best way to support equine digestive tract health is to supply it with the actual organisms that reside there and a food supply for those organisms to utilize. Digestive support supplements should provide probiotics (also called direct fed microbials) that help to stabilize and promote the health of the microbial populations that reside in the hindgut of the horse. Probiotics are actual live micro-organisms which when administered in sufficient amounts, help the horse by re-establishing or maintaining their populations in the digestive tract.
Probiotics should be fed anytime the horse is subjected to:
- Reduced digestive efficiency in geriatrics
- Changes in diet
- After de-worming