A multi-formulated supplement to assist with dietary related problems, such as staggers and excitability, in horses fed mainly pasture and hay.
Equine Athlete Digest-Rite Sport Formula is a nutritional supplement formulated for both sport and pleasure horses whose diets are based on mainly pasture and some hard feed.
Digest-Rite provides a combination of pre-biotics, digestive enzymes, toxin binders and rice bran oil to enhance digestion and at the same time help maintain a healthy digestive tract. It also binds the harmful mycotoxins that sometimes contaminate grains or hay and endophyte ryegrass.
Horses are browsing animals with very selective grazing habits. Their digestive systems are well adapted to handling grass and forage based diets. The quality and quantity of pastures that horses have access to in New Zealand are generally quite different from those of a natural habitat.
Fast growing Spring and Autumn pastures are most often a problem. Because horses lack the enzymes necessary to break down the soluble sugars found in young grasses, they often pass undigested into the large intestine (hindgut) where they undergo bacterial fermentation. Problems such as over-excitability, and stress behaviour can result from absorption of the byproducts of this process.
Being able to feed a product that contains a toxin binding agent has obvious advantages for horses grazing problem pastures. Some areas in New Zealand have Paspalum, or ryegrass protected from weevils by endophyte fungus. The silicate oxides in Digest-Rite have a high capacity for binding harmful fungal toxins. Once bound, the toxins cannot be absorbed and are passed out in the faeces.
Most sport and pleasure horses are kept in situations where the amount of available grass is not sufficient to meet dietary requirements. A supplemental grain mix is usually fed to provide the necessary extra energy. Oats, barley and maize are ideally suited because of their high starch content; most pre-mixed feeds contain one if not all of these grains. As they are not part of a natural diet, horses are limited in the amount of grain they are able to digest at one time. Like grass, if too much is fed at once, or if the passage through the small intestine is too rapid, an undigested amount passes through to the hindgut where it undergoes bacterial fermentation.
The by-products of starch and sugar fermentation can affect both temperament and performance; over-excitability, muscle tye-up are common problems. Feeding a product like Digest-Rite that will enhance digestion of grasses and grains has obvious advantages for sport and pleasure horses, especially those prone to these problems
Digest-Rite is more than just a simple digestive additive - like those containing live yeast cultures. Digest-Rite contains pre-biotics (mannan oligosaccharides - Bio Mos ), digestive enzymes (α amylase and β glucanase), rice bran oil and silicated oxides ( Mycobond).