Posted: 23rd January 2020 | Back to news feed

The EquiBiome Prebiotic is ‘restoring gut diversity through gene technology’ as a result of more than ten years of research which analysed the community of bacteria within hundreds of horses, both wild and domesticated, using the latest next- generation sequencing technology.

This research enabled the development of the EquiBiome Prebiotic that has been formulated with species specific scientific accuracy to help the horse to stabilise the gut, increase biodiversity and produce more good gut bacteria. This is crucial for the health and performance of all horses as many diseases are linked to a disrupted hind gut with high levels of bad bacteria. 

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The lead researcher behind the new EquiBiome Prebiotic, Carol Hughes, said: “The EquiBiome Prebiotic feeds the gut bacteria already living in the biome of your horse and provides the right environment for them to thrive.

“Feeding what’s already in there is better than trying to repopulate the gut by feeding a probiotic because the horse’s microbial community is vastly complex having up to 1,500 species, the probiotic would be lost among so many commensal species. 

“There are hundreds of gastric support supplements on the market, plus a wide range of pre and probiotic products, but only the EquiBiome Prebiotic has been tested on the biome using gene technology. We believe this fact alone makes our product more accurate and effective.”

The next-generation sequencing technology behind this revolutionary new prebiotic is a powerful analytical tool which has highlighted the following trends in the 21st century domesticated horse:

  • An overall loss of biodiversity (loss of bacteria species).
  • An increase in the percentage of bad bacteria (biofilm bacteria living in the gut wall, lactic acid producing bacteria and emerging pathogens).
  • A decrease in the bacteria that support healthy metabolism (verrucomicrobia and akkermansia).
  • An increase in bacteria that are linked to anxiety, those species linked to temperament through the gut/brain axis.

Added Carol: “Not only have we developed this ground-breaking prebiotic but we can also go one step further with our EquiBiome Test Kit and produce a report for owners which is a real time snap shot of their own horse’s gut microbiome, simply from a small faecal sample. This test report will show exactly what is going on inside your horse and make practical recommendations to improve gut health.

“We have so many customers that have struggled for years with horses suffering from things such as colic, laminitis, obesity, sore feet, EMS and colitis that have been able to transform their horses after improving the biodiversity of the hind gut, thanks to EquiBiome.”

When customers purchase the EquiBiome Prebiotic they will also receive a 10% discount on the EquiBiome Test Kit which is available to purchase online at equibiome.org. 

The EquiBiome Prebiotic is packaged in a fully recyclable 220g paper pouch which lasts for six weeks and is complete with a biodegradable wooden measuring spoon. Introductory RRP is £23.50.

Please find www.equibiome.org for further information and to purchase online. You can also follow the ‘EquiBiome’ page on Facebook.

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