If your horse has access to forage, hay and good quality feed, then it is unnecessary to supplement them pre and pro-biotics. Many feed companies do incorporate live yeast within their ingredients, nonetheless, there are a number of situations where your horse can truly benefit from these supplements:
- Antibiotic treatment
- Stressful situations (eg. new barn, stall rest..etc.)
- Dietary changes
- Gastric Ulcers
- Prone to / has a history of colic
- Old age (possibly)
- Poor keepers (have trouble keeping on weight)
Note: Since pre and pro-biotics are NOT drugs, supplement productions are not supervised or controlled. Therefore, there are some poor-quality products available in the market.
There are a hand-full or companies that create a supplement that has both pro and pre-biotics together. Make sure to check the ingredients and the brands reputation before purchasing anything for your horse. The simpler the ingredients are, the better. You do not want to further disturb your horses gut with a number of ingredients even if they are natural. Just go straight for the pre/pro-biotics without other additives.
I have personally been using the Mervue Pro-Bio Forte which is composed of Fructo-oligosaccharides (pre-biotic) and Yeast (pro-biotic) as well as vitamins. I got it from City Knights in Shajrah Equestrian Club. I only began using this during Tofino’s diarrhea, and I am still continuing on it for about 1 more month to be safe. He is currently going on well with no gut disturbances. Thankfully! 😀