A horse's stomach is very sensitive and problems can easily arise. Gastric ulcers are a common stomach problem in horses. Besides good (feeding) management, feed products can offer support for a healthy gastric function. Pavo GastricEase is an all-in-one-solution for horses with a sensitive stomach. Besides the support it offers to the stomach, it also provides all the daily requirements for horses that perform no or light work.
Managing the sensitive stomach
Buffer that stomach
Fibres are essential for a healthy digestion as they promote the chewing activity of the horse. During chewing, a horse produces saliva containing the acid neutralizing bicarbonate. Neutralization of stomach acid is beneficial, as it can easily damage the sensitive upper part of the stomach. Pavo GastricEase not only supports neutralization of stomach acid by the high amount of full fibre-rich raw materials, it is also enriched with calcified seaweed (AveMix® Calitho) to support the neutralization even more. The long-lasting buffering effect is what makes this calcified seaweed special. Instead of a peak, a more gradual and prolonged effect is achieved.
Besides the promotion of chewing, fibres offer many other benefits, in particular (desugared) beetpulp and apple pulp are of great value as they contain high levels of pectin. Pectin not only has a positive effect on the growth of good bacteria in the gut, but also creates a gel-like layer to the stomach wall. This layer protects the sensitive wall from the highly sour stomach acid. For a healthy stomach it’s important to minimize the contact between the stomach acid and the sensitive upper part of the stomach wall.
The stomach wall of the horse is in general delicate but becomes even more sensitive in the event of stress. During stress the body produces substances that affect the susceptibility to damage by gastric acid. One of the special ingredients in Pavo GastricEase is macleaya extract (Sangrovit®), a proven ingredient in many animal feeds as it shows to help with minimizing stress.
Sugar & starch Pavo GastricEase has a low sugar and starch level which can be seen as a pre-condition for horses with stomach problems. Some fermentation of sugar and starch will take place in the stomach but when excessive amounts of sugar and starch are being fed at one time, lactic acid is produced during fermentation. High amounts of lactic acid result in an increased acidification of the stomach, thereby affecting the stomach wall even more. A low sugar and starch level, in combination with small portions of feed, is optimal to keeping the stomach wall happy and healthy.
Don’t forget about the gut
Stomach problems can affect the gut health as well. In order to make the gut healthy and balanced, pre- and probiotics are added to Pavo GastricEase. Prebiotics feed the good bacteria in the gut, contributing to a positive microflora. The probiotics are in fact the good bacteria and help to stabilize the microflora as well and promote digestibility. In Pavo GastricEase, the well-known and proven probiotic Yea Sacc® is used.
All-in-one: vitamins, minerals, energy & protein
By feeding Pavo GastricEase the stomach is supported and the daily requirement of vitamins and minerals are covered. This balanced muesli also contains the right amount of energy and protein for horses that perform light work. As a result, Pavo GastricEase is the all-in-one solution for (active) horses with a sensitive stomach. There is no need to feed additional concentrates or balancers.
Pavo GastricEase is thoroughly tested in more than 100 horses that experienced different kind of stomach related issues. The test lasted for a period of 11 weeks, in which testers have seen great improvements in their horses. As a result, the satisfaction score of Pavo GastricEase became a 4,4 out of 5.
(Feeding) management is key
Pavo GastricEase can definitely support a healthy gastric function but proper feeding management is the basis for success. Therefore, it’s important to take a look at the current management of your horse and check if you tick all the boxes. Download our free feeding management checklist!