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September 15, 2023

A Long-Term Approach to Total Equine Gastrointestinal Tract Health

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“My horse has finished the 60-day Challenge. Now what?” Owners often see significant benefits in their horses after completing the SUCCEED Challenge. But SUCCEED isn’t a short-term fix. It’s a long-term program designed to support lifelong equine gastrointestinal health.

The immediate improvements you see after starting SUCCEED are just the tip of the iceberg. Many horses today can benefit from daily GI tract support to manage the digestive health risks associated with modern management and performance demands.

Keep reading to learn why a long-term approach to total equine GI tract health with SUCCEED provides more benefits for your horse than a short-term fix.

Short-Term Fixes for GI Tract Issues

The medications commonly prescribed for equine GI tract problems only provide effective short-term relief. Without long-term management changes addressing the root of the problem, horses often struggle with recurrent digestive issues after treatment.

Many of these treatments, such as proton pump inhibitors, only address the equine stomach. Studies show long-term use of PPIs can also contribute to other health problems, such as increased fracture risk, hindgut disruptions, and stomach acid rebound. (Sykes, 2021)

While these medications can play a valuable role in the veterinary treatment of existing conditions, maintaining good equine GI tract health also requires ongoing management to prevent issues from recurring.

Effective preventative management addresses your horse’s entire digestive system, not just the stomach. Research suggests hindgut problems are common in performance horses and often go undiagnosed. (Pellegrini, 2005)

The Long-Term Approach to Total Equine GI Tract Health

Ongoing nutritional support helps maintain the health of the entire equine GI tract throughout your horse’s life without the health risks of short-term fixes. SUCCEED is a long-term program that provides essential nutrients for consistent GI tract support and nourishment.

There is no one-and-done quick fix for healthy digestive function in horses. Maintaining a well-balanced and conditioned equine gastrointestinal tract is an ongoing process. Horses need daily support to help manage the everyday digestive stressors associated with training, competition, and modern lifestyles. (Buchanan and Andrews, 2003)

Comparison studies support long-term nutritional supplements for maintaining GI tract health in horses. (Kerbyson et al., 2016) While other options may have unintended side effects with prolonged use, research shows SUCCEED® Digestive Conditioning Program® provides GI tract health benefits without health risks when used daily. (Lindinger and Anderson, 2014)

How SUCCEED Supports Healthy Digestion in Horses

SUCCEED helps maintain healthy digestion in horses by supporting a healthy gastrointestinal lining, balanced gut microbiota, and efficient nutrient absorption. All of these factors are essential for digestive function and preventing gastrointestinal disturbances.

  • Healthy Gastrointestinal Lining: Strong mucosal tissue and adequate mucus production help protect the integrity of the GI tract lining.
  • Balanced Microbiota: Populations of beneficial bacteria ferment fiber in the hindgut and support immunity by competing with harmful pathogens.
  • Efficient Nutrient Absorption: Healthy intestinal villi, proper feed transit rate, and strong epithelial junctions allow the horse to utilize nutrients from feed.

Nutritional ingredients in the SUCCEED® Digestive Conditioning Program® target the entire equine gastrointestinal tract to provide these benefits.

  • Oat Flour: Oat flour is rich in beta-glucan, which moderates feed transit time to enable more complete nutrient absorption and helps regulate the release of sugars.
  • Oat Oil: Polar lipids from oat oil help strengthen the GI tract lining and increase the bioavailability of nutrients.
  • Irradiated Dried Yeast: Mannan oligosaccharides from yeast act as a prebiotic to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria in the equine hindgut.
  • L-Threonine: This essential amino acid supports mucin production, a vital component of the mucus that protects the GI tract lining.
  • L-Glutamine: This amino acid supports the tight junctions of the GI tract lining and is conditionally essential during periods of increased stress.

While good nutrition and management are essential for gastrointestinal health, sometimes it’s challenging or impractical to change the lifestyle factors that increase the risk of GI problems in your horse. That’s why SUCCEED was designed to support optimal digestive health while horses continue their regular training and management programs.

SUCCEED fits easily into your existing program as a once-a-day, everyday functional feed supplement. To ensure horses benefit from healthy digestion throughout their lives, owners should continue to feed SUCCEED daily.

Beyond the SUCCEED Challenge

First-time users in the U.S. are eligible to try SUCCEED risk-free for 60 days by taking the SUCCEED Challenge. If you don’t see positive results, it’s free.

Positive changes that typically occur in the first 60 days include:

  • Healthy appetite and manure
  • Willing attitude and relaxed demeanor
  • Less resistance in training
  • Healthier coat and hooves
  • Good body condition
  • Improved stamina and recovery

While changes often occur quickly, every horse is unique. Some horses take two to three months to see a dramatic difference. However, small changes can have a big impact over time. And that impact will only compound when you continue beyond the SUCCEED Challenge.

Every good horse deserves the opportunity to be great. Committing to your horse’s long-term gastrointestinal health with daily SUCCEED helps ensure that you’re doing everything you can to help your horse feel its best every day and give you its best when it matters most.

Could your horse benefit from this long-term approach? Take our free, self-assessed horse health quiz to find out!


  1. Sykes, B. A free ride: Is long-term omeprazole therapy safe and effective? Equine Vet Ed. 2021.
  2. Pellegrini, F. Results of a large-scale necroscopic study of equine colonic ulcers. J Equine Vet Sci. 2005.
  3. Buchanan, B. and Andrews, F. Treatment and prevention of equine gastric ulcer syndrome. Vet Clin Equine Pract. 2003.
  4. Kerbyson, N. et al. A Comparison Between Omeprazole and a Dietary Supplement for the Management of Squamous Gastric Ulceration in Horses. J Equine Vet Sci. 2016.
  5. Lindinger, M. and Anderson, S. Seventy day safety assessment of an orally ingested, l-glutamine-containing oat and yeast supplement for horses. Reg Toxicol Pharmacol. 2014.



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