Horses Prone to Gastric Ulcers and Requiring a Low Starch Diet
Performance Balancer is recognised by BETA’s Feed Approval Mark for products suitable for horses prone to Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS). This means that its starch and sugar content are low enough that, when fed according to recommendations, the horse will receive less than 1g/1kg of bodyweight in starch and sugar per meal and less than 2g/1kg of bodyweight of starch and sugar per day.
When starch, general from cereals, is digested in the horse’s stomach, it increases the acidity levels of an already acidic environment (ph < 7). Minimising the starch content, both per meal and in the diet overall, helps maintain a healthy gastric pH but reducing and controlling a horse’s starch or calorie intake should never be at the expense of other nutrients.
Performance Balancer is low starch (6%), low sugar (6.5%) and low calorie, yet high in other essential nutrients, making it ideal for better-doers for whom the increased calorie content of, BETA-approved, Baileys Ease & Excel would be too great. Naturally occurring antacids, including calcium and magnesium salts, are included and help buffer the acid contents of the stomach.
A healthy digestive system helps the performance horse make the most of his diet and supports well-being, which is why Performance Balancer contains two digestive enhancers. Digest Plus prebiotic acts as a food-source for beneficial gut bacteria so that they are able to flourish at the expense of pathogenic species, while Actisaf probiotic yeast stimulates fibre-digesting bacteria to help the horse make the most of the forage element of the diet.
This is of particular importance for horses who have restricted access to grazing and forage or whose hay is soaked to leach out calories and nutrients. Some of the hindgut bacteria are responsible for the production of B vitamins, which the horse utilises, so a healthy microbial population brings a variety of important benefits.
Please note: THIS FEED IS DESIGNED TO SUPPORT THE MANAGEMENT OF HORSES AND PONIES AT RISK FROM NON-GLANDULAR ULCERS. PLEASE SEEK VETERINARY ADVICE FOR THE TREATMENT OF GLANDULAR ULCERS