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Why GastroBalance and GastroBalance PLUS are Beneficial to Your Horse

by Dr Clair Thunes PhD Nutrition
Consulting Nutritionist for EnviroEquine & PET

GastroBalance and GastroBalance PLUS contain an alkali alumino silicate clay to help stabilize gastrointestinal pH and maintain an environment less favorable to pathogenic bacteria and more favorable for the gastrointestinal tract’s “good” bacteria. Feeding clay has been shown to reduce diarrhea in horses. In addition to the benefits provided by the alumino silicate clay, GastroBalance PLUS provides added gastrointestinal support thanks to the addition of research proven pre-biotics and live yeast. These ingredients have been shown to reduce the negative effects of toxins such as fumonisin and aflotoxins in animal feeds and to promote feed utilization, milk production in mares and growth in foals.

Both GastroBalance and GastroBalance PLUS are fortified with generous levels of trace minerals. GastroBalance PLUS utilizes globally recognized Zinpro® performance minerals that are research proven to support hoof health, improved feed utilization, immune function, skin and epithelial health and improved production response in stressful conditions. Trace mineral nutrition of pregnant broodmares is a key component to insuring healthy skeletal development in foals and may reduce incidents of developmental orthopedic disorders. Rich in silica, hydrated alumino silicates have been shown to help support healthy skeletal development in growing race horses and may help maintain bone health in all performance horses. Mares supplemented with hydrated alumino silicates have higher levels of silicon in their milk and serum.

Consulting Nutritionist for EnviroEquine Dr. Clair Thunes is passionate about her profession—one that she decided upon at the age of 14. After earning a Bachelor of Science with Honors from Edinburgh University, and a Master of Science in Animal Science and a PhD in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, Dr. Thunes went on to found Summit Equine Nutrition LLC an independent consulting company in 2007. An experienced nutritionist and accomplished scientist, Dr. Thunes understands the vital role that nutrition plays in managing horses today. Most importantly, she believes in making nutrition accessible to everyone and removes the guesswork so that owners have the peace of mind that their horse’s diets are optimal for maximum health and peak performance.  Her clients include all horses from competitors at the 2016 Rio Olympics to retired pasture friends, mules and miniature donkeys. She writes a weekly online commentary for and her nutrition articles have been published in noted publications including: The Horse, Equine Wellness, Trail Blazer, Horse & Rider and The Horse Report. Besides consulting she teaches equine nutrition and equine exercise physiology in the Animal Science Department at UC Davis and equine health at Cosumnes River College.  Clair continues to be involved with The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. and she is currently the Regional Supervisor for the Sierra Pacific Region.