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ULS-GARD® Solution

For Gastric Health

Powerful and effective liquid formulation to help maintain gastric health and comfort.

Contains key ingredients traditionally used to help support gastric health, including pectins, lecithin, aloe vera, marshmallow root, glycine, liquorice.

Provides nutritional support to help maintain a healthy gastric pH, including calcium and magnesium carbonates.

Contains natural prebiotics from chicory.

Equine America is BETA NOPS and UFAS assured which means that full product traceability is in place, along with a quality assurance program that minimises the risk of contamination of the feed with prohibited substances and NOPS. Products are formulated to be suitable for horses competing under FEI regulations and the Rules of Racing.

Size

Horses are designed to trickle feed – grazing for up to 16 hours a day. This means that they need to constantly secrete acid to help digest this almost continual source of food entering their stomach. A grazing horse will also produce up to 9 gallons of saliva a day which as well as lubricating the food, also acts to help maintain a healthy gastric pH.

Furthermore, the physical presence of food in the stomach acts as a fibrous “mat” or barrier, helping to prevent acid splashing onto the upper, unprotected areas of the stomach. So if access to forage (pasture, hay, haylage) is restricted, acid continues to be produced, and with restricted chewing time, less saliva is produced which may affect a healthy gastric pH.

The lower portion of the stomach (the glandular area), where the acid is produced, has several natural protective mechanisms, including mucous production and bicarbonate secretion, but the upper portion of the stomach (squamous area) has no such protection. If the horse is worked with a mainly empty stomach, when he trots, canters or jumps, or even just tenses his abdominal muscles, this acid can splash or be squeezed up to the unprotected area of the stomach The horse has a small stomach, and food does not stay in there for very long, so even short periods during the day without access to forage can cause problems.

In addition to restricted access to forage, there are other factors that have been reported to increase the incidence and severity of digestive disturbance, including:

Stress – social stressors such as bullying from stable neighbours or herd mates, or box location ( for example near the feed room or muck heap, resulting in increased activity past the door) have been shown to increase the risk.

High starch diets – may result in increased volatile fatty acid production in the stomach, which may, in turn, result in abnormalities with sodium transport leading to cell damage in the stomach.

Limited turnout and reduced access to natural antioxidants from grass.

Intense training and competition schedules and frequent travelling, especially long-distance.

Benefits of Uls-Gard Solution

Natural nutritional support for gut health and comfort (Calcium, magnesium, lecithin, pectin, glycine).

Key ingredients traditionally used to soothe the stomach wall (Aloe vera, marshmallow root, liquorice).

Beta Glucans from high nucleotide yeasts to support a healthy gastric mucosa.

Prebiotics to help support a healthy gut microbiome.

Palatable and easy to mix for fussy feeders.

Suitable for foals at a reduced serving rate.

Additional management factors to help support digestive health and comfort.

Turnout to grass where practical and possible, ideally with a placid companion, even if only for short periods.

Ensure ad lib forage, where practical. For good-doers, where calories are restricted, offer very frequent, but controlled amounts of forage, with the largest allocation overnight. Select clean but low-calorie forage to enable larger amounts to be offered.

Offer forage in different locations in the stable to encourage natural foraging behaviour.

Try to reduce social stresses such as bullying stablemates, or proximity to the feed store.

Feed a good double handful (or one round scoop) of alfalfa chaff before exercise or competition warmup to provide a fibrous mat in the stomach - even if forage is available in the stable or lorry.

Consider replacing some starch-based calories with Equine America Supreme Omega Oil in the diet.

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