All horses are subject to a range of stresses and we have had quite a few horse owners reporting surprisingly strong results in horses that they thought were already doing quite well. Having noted this, the type of issues commonly reported are:
1. Hard keepers. Horses that have difficulty maintaining or improving condition despite an abundant ration (this is often the classic greedy gut biology in action).
2. Elderly horses. The set point of one's gut biology evolves over time becoming more complex and less efficient (less generous) such that a previously thriving horse will turn into a hard keeper.
3. Behavioral issues. Grumpy, girthy, nervous, separation anxiety, spooky, aggressive, etc. These can all be related to a fight or flight response to a pain or discomfort stimulus in the gut. Take away the stimulus and the horse returns to being the nice guy or gal that you once had.
4. Ulcers, diagnosed or suspected. The gut is supposed to be protected by a protective microbial biofilm. If this breaks down the gut tissue is subject to irritation, inflammation, and ultimately ulceration from mechanical and acid actions. A source of beneficial microbes is needed to rebuild this layer and the lactobacilli in EquiBrew are a key component in this biofilm community.
5. Skin/allergy disorders. These are often associated with an overstimulated and hyper-vigilant immune system. more than 2/3 of the immune system (in horses, cows and humans!) looks inward to the gut. If you reduce the stimulation of the immune system in the gut you will often see a concomitant reduction of symptoms externally.
6. Coat appearance. Even in very well horses we have had many, many reports of improved depth of color, luster and dappling. We have also had reports of horses that held onto winter coats too long shedding these once the brew is on board.
7. Stress responses. Many horses do not respond well to transport and showing. They go off feed/water (just like show cattle!) and the brew has been used successfully to manage these issues. Other stresses such as feed changes (including grass-affected horses in springtime,etc.) increased work, etc. can be helped along with the brew.
8. There are a range of prophylactic benefits too. Probiotic microbes take up space in the gut environment and help exclude pathogens. Probiotic microbes also encourage shedding mechanisms in the epithelium that can rid the horse of pathogens. We have had many owners report significant reduction in their use of worming products. Those that monitor fecal egg counts have been especially impressed in this area.