Q. What is a probiotic? Why are they so important for my horse? How can I be sure I am using the right probiotics?

A. Probiotics are defined as “good” bacteria that nearly any animal with a gastrointestinal tract (GIT) can benefit from. When an animal (or human) digests food the body breaks down the nutrients while at the same time creating bacteria. Some of those bacteria are good (probiotics) while others are bad (pathogens). By taking a supplement that includes multiple probiotic strains we are populating the GIT with good bacteria which are necessary to fight off pathogens like salmonella. We can go into a much more in-depth conversation on the mode of action of probiotics but the bottom line is that probiotics are a necessity for a good, balanced intestinal tract.


Q. So now that I have some good bacteria in my horses GIT what are the benefits?

A. Great-Gut is specially designed to help your horse manage digestive stress caused by hay fluctuations, stress, competition, transport, surgery, hospitalization, disease, training, unhealthy diet, or changes in diet. It may also help prevent some forms of colic.


Q. What probiotic product is right for my horse?

A. There is a lot to consider when purchasing a product – cost, ingredients, Made in the USA, etc. We encourage you to go beyond the pretty label or fancy advertising and really look at the product. For probiotics and any other supplement on the market the key is reading the label. We urge our clients to look at the ingredients and concentration of those main ingredients. Many probiotic based products do not contain living, viable probiotics. Great-Gut has over 1 billion CFU’s per 2 oz. serving which not only is a significant amount but is higher than most equine probiotics on the market.


Q. I have heard that probiotics must be refrigerated, is that true with Great-Gut?

A. Simple answer is no. It is widely known that probiotics do not remain stable under certain conditions with liquid and heat being the main two culprits. Due to a proprietary process, the probiotics in Great Gut remain viable despite being in a carrier (liquid) that is typically unfriendly to probiotics. We do not require that Great-Gut is stored in a refrigerator however we do recommend storing Great-Gut, and all other supplements, in a cool, dry room.


Q. I see that Great Gut contains organic acids. What are they and why are they necessary for my horse?

A. The organic acids in Great Gut is what really separates it from all other probiotic products on the market. The organic acids are not added to the product but they are a natural by-product created during the fermentation process. Organic acids lower the pH in the GI tract, creating unfavorable conditions for harmful bacteria like salmonella to survive. This results in reduced uptake of harmful bacteria by the horse and a smaller bacterial load within the GI tract. The reduction in overall bacterial load, in turn, reduces the competition between the host and its gut microflora for nutrients creating an ideal digestive environment.

The information contained on this website are provided for general information purposes only, and should not be used to replace medical advice. Please do not use this web-site to self-diagnose and treat your own pets. If your pet is unwell, or in danger of becoming unwell, please consult a licensed veterinary to obtain the correct and proper diagnosis.