Hey Everyone! Since the last blog post I’m pleased to report that things have been going smoothly… yay! Doogie is now qualified for the Elementary and Medium Gold summer regionals and we will now focus on training and the water treadmill before regionals in July. Duncan is enjoying being back in work and he’s getting stronger and fitter each week (I plan to do a blog post soon on the process of bringing a horse back into work!). And finally Tebby is enjoying life at the Newton Stud in Devon and they are now starting the AI process…. Eeek! (I will reveal the stallion we have chosen once she is scanned in foal.)
I wanted to focus this blog post on a couple of my “essential” must have products produced by Protexin Equine whom I’m fortunate to be supported by. Protexin produce a huge range of targeted probiotic supplements for horses and I’ve been using their products for nearly 3 years and I can’t recommend them enough. The first product I wanted to discuss is probably their most popular product called the Gut Balancer. Gut Balancer is an everyday prebiotic and probiotic supplement, which is added to the feed. It’s very palatable and easily digestible (it’s in powder form) – it also smells sooo nice and I’ve never had a horse turn their nose up at it! I feed Gut Balancer to all my horses for general wellbeing of their digestive system. I think of it as an Acti-mel/Yakult equivalent, for horses, haha! This product is also very good for horses which are prone to digestive problems such a colic, or for horses who suffer in general with loose droppings. Although the recommended dose is one scoop daily, in situations such as staying away competing or other stressful situations such as travelling long distances, this can be upped to two scoops daily (one am and pm). During the winter when Doogie was on antiobiotics (Karidox – 5 bottles of it!!) for the skin infection on his leg, I put him on the higher dose of two scoops a day for two reasons. The first was due to the antibiotics upsetting his stomach and making his droppings very lose and secondly after being on antibiotics for as many weeks as he was I decided it would give his digestive system some extra help and support. As a general everyday prebiotic/probiotic supplement this is perfect and also affordable! You can buy a 70 day supply (700g tub) direct from the Protexin website for £26.76 (link at the end of blog post).
Protexin also produce another product, which I use in conjunction with the gut balancer – called Quick Fix. Quick Fix is a more concentrated version of the Gut Balancer, which comes in a syringe form and instead of feeding it each day I only use it on competition days. The aim of Quick Fix is to rapidly re-establish the gut microflora, so for example when a horse gets excited and their droppings suddenly turn loose when you’re plating them up, it will almost instantly help turn them more solid. For example, Doogie is a prime candidate for this! As soon as he see’s the plaiting kit he gets super excited and his dropping become very loose, so now before he spots the plaiting kit I give him 5mls orally and this has solved the loose dropping situation! As well as giving Doogie 5mls of Quick Fix before I plait him up, I also give him 5mls when we arrive at the competition before I start to tack him up. Doogie definitely gets a bit nervous at competitions (particularly in warm ups with the other horses) and although it wouldn’t be hugely noticeable to someone who doesn’t know him I can definitely feel it but since giving him Quick Fix before I tack him up I’ve noticed that he seems much more relaxed in warm ups which then sets us up positively for the test. It’s almost like he gets butterflies in his tummy (we all now how that feels!) but it seems the Quick Fix helps massively… if only they could produce a human version?! For a horse like Tebby who would get “figity” whilst I was trying to plait her up I would give her 5mls before I plaited but I didn’t feel like she needed the “top up” when we arrived at a competition. Whereas Duncan doesn’t get nervous whilst I’m plaiting him up, but when he arrives at new venues/shows he gets very anxious so he gets a 10ml shot orally just before I get on to help him stay settled. You can give a maximum of 10mls of Quick Fix a day, however each horse is very different but hopefully my different routine with each horse will give you a guideline to how much/when you should administer the product to your horse. A 30ml syringe of Quick Fix is £10.28 direct from Protexin.
I hope from reading my review on these two products you are keen to try them out and see great results just like I have! You can buy them direct from the Protexin website https://www.equinepremium.com/quick-shopbut you will also find them in your local tack shop (check website to find local stockist). On the website you will also find their full range of products and I will be reviewing more products from the range in the future.
Thanks for reading! :-)