TIME-RELEASED HINDGUT BUFFER FOR HORSES WITH SUBCLINICAL ACIDOSIS
- Horses with digestive upsets resulting in loose manure
- Horses prone to recurrent mild colic or laminitis
- Horses on high cereal and starch diets and grazing lush pasture
- Horses with a decreased feed intake and poor appetite
- Horses that are not maintaining optimum body condition
- Horses that have an unexplained loss of performance
- Horses that develop habits such as wood chewing, weaving or box walking
- Horses that become stressed
Formulated by the scientists at KER, EquiShure® supports intestinal health by helping to maintain optimum pH in the horse's hindgut. EquiShure® is appropriate for horses suspected of suffering from subclinical acidosis. At-risk horses often express one or more signs that can derail athletic performance as well as reduced growth or reproductive potential.
Signs of subclinical acidosis may include:
- Decreased feed intake or complete lack of appetite in severe cases
- Mild to moderate colic signs of unexplained origin
- Poor feed efficiency and subsequent weight loss
- Loss of performance
- Development of stereotypies such as wood chewing, weaving, and stall walking
Figure 1. Diagram of how subclinical acidosis may occur in the hindgut and howit can be attenuated
A diagnosis of subclinical acidosis is often overlooked initially when one or more of the aforementioned signs is noticed. EquiShure®, a time-released hindgut buffer, may be beneficial in counteracting the effects of this syndrome. Encapsulation technology ensures targeted release of sodium bicarbonate directly in the hindgut and prevents significant changes in blood tCO2 levels.
The demands placed on horses as athletes and as breeding animals dictate that substantial quantities of energy rich feeds are often consumed. Over consumption of either high starch concentrates or pasture that is rich in fructans can rapidly increase fermentation in the horse's hindgut. EquiShure® may help to maintain fermentation patterns in the hindgut to provide the optimum environment to help support lactic acid utilising bacteria and the natural production of volatile fatty acids from starch and cellulose.
EquiShure® can be used to help maintain optimum pH during an intense period of sales preparation, stress or at times when there is a greater reliance on high-starch diets or high fructan pastures in the diet.
Available in 1.25 kg, 7.2 kg and 18 kg tubs.
See below to determine recommended daily amount based on the horse's cereal intake, forage source, and bodyweight. For best results, divide the recommended daily amount equally between meals.
1 scoop = 30g.
Weight of horse = 300 kg (660 lb)
- Light - moderate cereal intake & mostly hay - feed 30 g
- Light - moderate cereal intake & mostly pasture - feed 60 g
- Moderate - high cereal intake & mostly hay - feed 60 g
- Moderate - high cereal intake & mostly pasture - feed 90 g
Weight of horse = 500 kg (1100 lb)
- Light - moderate cereal intake & mostly hay - feed 50 g
- Light - moderate cereal intake & mostly pasture - feed 100 g
- Moderate - heavy cereal intake & mostly hay - feed 100 g
- Moderate - heavy cereal intake & mostly pasture - feed 150 g
Weight of horse = 600 kg (1320 lb)
- Light - moderate cereal intake & mostly hay - feed 60 g
- Light - moderate cereal intake & mostly pasture - feed 120 g
- Moderate - high cereal intake & mostly hay - feed 120 g
- Moderate - high cereal intake & mostly pasture - feed 180 g
Servings per container (based on 600 kg horse)
- 1.25 kg (2.76 lb) 10 - 20
- 7.2 kg (15.84 lb) 60 - 120
- 18 kg (39.6 lb) - 300 - 33