You will be amazed at some of the signs of mineral imbalances, some of which people refer to as Gut Toxicity or Training Issues. This means that too often resolving these issues are not rooted in establishing a good basic species appropriate diet and enabling the horse to function as it should.
For those beleiving that the horse has experienced a ‘poisonous’ or toxic issue resulting in a dysfunctional gut regular use of gut cleansing, restoring, balancing and flora enhancing supplements are throught to be the answer. Other people start thinking: “these are just ‘people and poor training ’ problems and that desensitisation, repetition, and focused training is the anwser.
I used to think these things too, and while both ideas do contain an element of truth, in our experieince you’ll often find a few simple diet changes can reduce the horses issues significantly or eliminate them altogether without gut treatments or repeated training to ‘work through the issues’.
Whilst it is always possible that your horse has eaten something toxic, when that is the case it is usually something urgent that needs assistance from your vet. In our experience, most horses in the UK are NOT toxic, rather their systems are not functioning as they should due to a lack of appropriate basic nutrition and mineral imbalances. We find the best probiotic for optimum gut flora is quality forage, ie good quality horse hay alongside less or nil grass .- In our experience ad lib from small holed nets, long, high fibre, mature mixed grass/meadow hay, soaked for 45-60 minutes when necessary is the very best probiotic for a horse.
The major mineral imbalance comes from too much potassium, nitrates and not enough sodium, calcium and magnesium. When we feed good basic nutrition and address the major mineral imbalances associated to excessive potassium and insufficient sodium, calcium and magnesium our horses return to thier normal calm healthy selves very quickly.
Download and print off the HEALTH CHECK and the CURRENT DIET REVIEW, note the symptoms your horse displays.
Avoid the need to resort to feeding products such as activated charcoal, gut restoring and maintenance supplements or antacid products when you can simply address the root cause – UNSUITABLE FORAGE, and manage the seasonal challenges by following the CalmHealthyHorses protocols.