Prebiotic

AT A GLANCE:

Prebiotic fibres and their roles when given in appropriate amounts:


  • Improve microbial quality of droppings
  • Decrease the risk of colic
  • Optimize  fermentation and stabilize pH
  • Support health during feed changes
  • Decrease the risk of stomach ulcers
  • Improve colostrum quality

A recent study conducted on obese horses presenting a high risk of metabolic syndrome (laminitis…) and receiving FOS (or not) showed a positive influence of these prebiotics on the insulin status of horses.


Sources:


  • Chicory
  • Garlic
  • Cereals
  • Banana
  • Fresh grass

They are defined as non-digestible but fermentable feed which stimulate the development and the activity of the beneficial flora located in the intestinal tract.


They help to improve the well-being and health of the horse.


FOS or fructo-oligosaccharides are complex sugars composed of fructose chains ended with a glucose unit. The FOS are considered as good prebiotics for horses, but they are not the only ones available.