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Products and Solutions for Equine Gut Health

Healthy Gut. Healthy Horse.

Gut health is increasingly synonymous with animal health. Kemin's Gut Health Solutions encompass many health priorities, such as nutrient digestion and absorption, gut integrity, immune response and more. Proper gut health leads to the absence, prevention and avoidance of disease – such as Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS).

Is Your Horse Under-Performing? Experiencing Behavior Changes? Leaky Gut May Be to Blame.

Leaky Gut Syndrome occurs when the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is compromised, allowing harmful pathogens or toxins to cross the intestinal barrier and be absorbed into the bloodstream. A "leak" into the bloodstream will cause intestinal inflammation, resulting in various systemic problems for your horse. These leaks often start slowly, but with time can result in a wide variety of health and performance issues you see every day in your horse:

  • Change in behavior or personality
  • Not performing at previous or expected level
  • Weight loss
  • Chronic or recurrent colic
  • Laminitis
  • And more


What's Causing Leaky Gut?

Common environmental and situational stressors – ranging from pathogens and parasites to hay changes and trailering – can all lead to LGS. Stress can result in damage to the tight junctions of the intestinal lining that are an important barrier between toxic intestinal contents and the bloodstream.


GI issues are the second-leading cause of death in horses


Equine Stressors Diagram

Preventing Leaky Gut

The best way to prevent LGS or help to heal a leaky gut is through good nutrition and attention to gut health. Feeding nutrients that support gut health will help mitigate the everyday "slow leak" and improve your horse's health and wellbeing.

Kemin has been a proactive leader within the gut health industry. But using decades of scientific research, thorough testing and customer feedback, Kemin created a product platform to help equine owners fight gut health battles. 

  • ButiPEARL® Z EQ: A combined organic acid and nutrient that promotes intestinal barrier strength
  • CLOSTAT®: Contains PB6, a naturally-occurring probiotic that inhibits pathogen growth and restores microbial balance
  • Aleta: A 1,3-beta glucan that supports immune function


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As an industry, we know that leaky gut is the most impactful problem veterinarians and horse owners face. Kemin seeks to better understand the factors contributing to leaky gut by collaborating with experts from the science and research communities. Through the KEMTalk Webinar Series, we explored and shared new, cutting-edge research that has the potential to impact equine leaky gut in your stables, and around the world.

Microbiome: From Lab to Stable

Dr. Bill Vandergrift
Equine Nutrition Consultant, CEO


Effect of NSAIDS on Gastric Ulceration, Markers of Intestinal Inflammation, and Fecal Microbiota in Horses

Dr. Canaan Whitfield
Associate Professor of Large Animal Surgery
Texas A&M University


Microbiome 101

Dr. Shannon Pratt-Phillips
Associate Professor
North Carolina State University



Leaky Gut: Symptoms, Causes and Nutritional Approaches to Ameliorate

Dr. Bill Vandergrift
Equine Nutrtion Consultant, CEO


How Stress and Leaky Gut are Related

Dr. Lance Baumgard
Norman L. Jacobson Endowed Professor in Dairy Nutrition
Iowa State University


Alterations in Intestinal Permeability: The Role of the "Leaky Gut" in Health and Disease

Dr. Liara Gonzalez
Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology and Equine Surgery
North Carolina State University



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