Horses that are able to maintain optimal weight and energy levels are more likely to reach their full potential.

Each horse is an individual with individual needs

Individual differences make some horses easy keepers and some hard keepers. Horses that have demanding training or competition schedules, broodmares raising foals, and growing horses can expend a huge number of calories doing their jobs. They need energy and lots of it, but they need the kind of energy that won’t cause digestive upset or improper growth patterns.

Why is my horse so skinny?

Weight loss can be caused by insufficient caloric intake, illness, stress, or even time of year. A horse’s age, the efficiency of its digestive tract, parasite load, and dental health all play a role. Maintaining horses in good flesh can be challenging. Oftentimes it is hard to get a picky eater to consume enough calories using traditional diets of hay and concentrates. Hard-working horses and broodmares can experience digestive upset from consuming too much grain. High levels of the wrong kinds of carbohydrates can negatively affect the growth patterns of young horses. Even horses living in optimal conditions can have weight and energy issues.

Increasing energy levels and adding much-needed pounds

While fiber sources are important, they supply only so many calories. Grains are energy dense, but also high in starch and sugar that can easily lead to digestive problems. Sour stomach, microflora imbalances, and ulcers from a stressful lifestyle can ruin a horse’s appetite, compounding the problem. But you can do a lot to help your horse. Providing energy-dense, easy-to-digest calories from fat sources is an excellent way to increase a horse’s energy level or add much-needed calories to the diet. Digestive aids, such as probiotics and yeast cultures, can help keep a stressed digestive system in balance while stimulating a horse’s appetite. A balanced digestive tract utilizes feedstuffs more efficiently so the horse benefits more from the feed he or she is eating. Supplements that protect the stomach from irritation reduce the incidence of ulcers so horses feel good, eat well, and have plenty of energy.

Horses and ponies that may benefit from a safe, energy-dense supplement, digestive aid, or appetite stimulant:

Choose the best supplement to support weight gain, supply safe energy, and stimulate the appetite:

Neigh-Lox

Healthy stomach formula. Long-acting equine antacid that buffers excess acid and coats the stomach. Supports reduced incidence of gastric ulcers and the discomfort they cause. Helps horses maintain healthy appetite and weight.

Neigh-Lox Advanced

Healthy digestive tract formula. Blend of ingredients that work synergistically to support both a healthy foregut and hindgut so horses utilize feed more efficiently, feel better, and eat better.

Equi-Jewel

Low-starch, high-fat source of calories; easy to digest. Supports reduced incidence of grain overload. Safe way to provide additional calories without adding more starch to the diet.

EndurExtra

Super concentrated energy supplement (as little as 8 oz can be fed) with added antioxidants and digestive aids. Specifically formulated to address the problems facing hard-working or hard-to-keep horses.

 

When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of action for your horse. Supplements are intended to maintain healthy systems and support recovery and healing. They are not intended to treat or cure illness or injury.

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