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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: probiotic-enzyme combo product....

Hi Jane,

Equi-Zyme from Earth Song Ranch is a highly potent probiotic that also contains yeast -- I find it to be excellent.

You ask a very good question about whether a healthy horse needs a daily probiotic. If the probiotic is keeping him healthy, then, yes. If, for example, your horse travels a great deal, performs, works, or is living in stressful conditions (e.g., stalling and not pasture-boarded), then a probiotic will help keep his immune system healthy. Stress suppresses the immune function and the health of the hind gut microbial population is integral to the immune system's function.

But, if your horse grazes on pasture all day, has an opportunity to socialize, is exercised regularly, and has no health issues, there truly isn't any reason to give a probiotic supplement. There is no danger in doing so, but it just isn't necessary.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

What do you know about this product - Equine-Zyme from Earth Song Ranch? Also can probiotics be fed on a regular basis to an otherwise healthy horse without causing any issues (and/or is it a waste of money?).

Where are you from? Waverly, Ohio