Performance horses are subject to challenging lifestyles: chronic stress with impact on systems through the body, including immunity. During stress, the horse’s energy is diverted to the heart, lungs, and muscles and away from the immune and other systems. Because the immune system is closely connected to the digestive system, this puts the entire gastrointestinal system at risk.
By supporting a balanced gut microbiota, the protective mucosal barrier, and the integrity of the gut lining with SUCCEED, horses can maintain strong immunity and be more resilient under stress.
The gut microbiota is a large, diverse population of beneficial microbes that ferment fiber in the equine hindgut and play a vital role in the horse’s immune defenses. Beneficial bacteria compete with harmful pathogens to prevent the pathogens from reproducing and causing problems in the digestive tract and beyond.
High-starch diets can disrupt the balance of the microbiota and cause beneficial bacteria to die off. Dying bacteria release toxins, which can escape the digestive tract and lead to further problems. Without competition, harmful microbes can thrive and reproduce in the GI tract.
The stress hormone cortisol impacts both immune and digestive tract health in horses. Performance horses subject to modern management factors and increased work demands may have prolonged elevated cortisol levels affecting their GI tract and overall health.
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