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Or how nutrition can affect what today some scientists call the “second brain“.
All scientific studies on this topic show the importance of micro-biota in the good health of our horses whether they are breeding or sport.
It is composed of a multitude of micro–organisms which, in horses as herbivorous species, are mainly dedicated to the breakdown of fibers which constitute the major part of their feed intake.
We can encourage the good development of the micro-biota of the horse by a reasoned management of the feed contributions, we will note for example:
Promote the daily intake of fodder and feeds containing a large number of raw materials to promote variability in the development of micro–organisms.
Once this feed is in place, favor the distribution of identical meals in quantity and quality in other words in the case of daily rations made up of cereals and processed feed, it is necessary to avoid distributing the cereals in the morning and the pellets in the evening and distribute a mixture of the two which will thus promote the maintenance of a diverse flora.
Finally, to be complete, in the event of a change in diet (change of feed or prolonged return to grass) a feed transition must be implemented over ten days to allow the gentle introduction of new micro- organism and avoid gastric disorders that may result.
It can also be boosted via the intake of M.O.S (mannan oligo saccharide) which is already found in certain feeds or as a dietary supplement. These M.O.S come from extracts of specific yeast strain walls selected for their beneficial contribution to micro-biota.
The main action will first of all be its role as a food substrate for micro-organisms of micro-biota, which will allow greater development in number and therefore amplify their action on the digestion of fibers.
Then we talk about MOS as bio–regulator of the intestinal flora, to explain simply by increasing the concentration of MOS via feed, this allows MOS which have the structural capacity to fix themselves on the pathogenic bacteria of micro-biota and prevent them thus to be fixed on the intestinal walls and therefore to be eliminated via droppings without having been able to develop. We can summarize this phenomenon by the diagrams below.
This phenomenon leads to a strengthening of the beneficial flora (bifido-bacteria and lactobacilli) which secures the digestive transit in the horse.
It also indirectly results in a more active immune system by stimulating immunoglobulins (antibodies) in the blood and studies have shown that this increased immunity in pregnant mares is transmitted to foals via better quality colostrum.
It is for all these reasons that Royal Horse (www.royal-horse.com ) supplements all of its formulas with M.O.S for the well-being and gastric comfort of your horses.