Colikare & Ulsa-Soothe
The horse's stomach is a large, delicate and pretty badly designed organ! The routine of the majority of racehorses, and over 60%  of sport horses, means that many horses do not enjoy a healthy digestive system. There are plenty of ways to support a healthy gut in your horse. Wherever possible, to imitate their natural trickle feeding, horses should be turned out to graze for as long as possible. When horses are stabled, they should be fed a diet high in fibre and with minimal concentrates. Feeds should be small and as frequent as possible. A horse should not be worked on a completely empty stomach, feeding half a scoop of dry chaff before exercise is ideal. And, of course avoiding changes of routine and stressful situations, is helpful to all horses. Horses frequently stabled, subject to routine changes and/or to stress may have an unhappy gut, which is manifested by poor appetite, weight loss, lethargy, objection to girthing, mood swings, being nervy and/or stressy. In addition to the best feeding regime you can implement, you can also use some of nature’s own best products to encourage a healthy digestive system. Pro-Equine has developed two products to help you have a happy horse, Ulsa-Soothe and Colikare.
Certain herbs can provide a light and soothing layer to the stomach without inhibiting natural acid secretion production, which is important for healthy digestion in a horse. Ulsa-Soothe can be fed long-term at a maintenance level but can also be effective to re-establish a healthy gut after a course of aggressive drugs. Aloe Vera is high in digestible fibre, which gives it the properties of lowering bowel transit time, absorbing toxins in the bowel and which combines well with Slippery Elm for best results. Seabuckthorn has an amazing profile of anti-oxidants, vitamins C, E and A as well as a number of B vitamins, including folic acid and B6, amino acids and minerals. Seabuckthorn is also high in all of the omega oils, 3, 6, 7 and 9, which help to support the fine mucosal membranes and cell structure, It contains serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps with stress, which can cause digestive issues. Oatseed also helps with stress. Fennel aids appetite and digestion. Liquorice extract contains pigments known as flavanoids which work on gastric secretions. It also has anti-fungal activity against pathogens such as candida albicans, which can overgrow and disrupt the delicate balance of bacteria in the horse’s intestine. Peppermint helps reduce gassy build-ups which are common during stress. The omega content of Seabuckthorn is also beneficial for coat quality, hoof growth, joints and immunity.
Horse owners know their horses and the many, less obvious, signs that something's not right - such as not wanting to eat, standing listless at the gate, lip curling, flank watching, restlessness, pawing the ground etc.
Pro-Equine came to the rescue of many worried horse owners when it developed Colikare more than 10 years ago. Colikare is a highly palatable, fast-acting liquid supplement designed to absorb intestinal gas and quickly help a horse feel more comfortable. Colikare combines several herbs traditionally used to encourage a healthy gut in horses. Fennel and peppermint are a popular combination in baby wind products and also work for horses. The peppermint particularly helps reduce gassy build-ups and makes Colikare taste good!
Colikare is ideal for horses prone to a grassy stomach (especially after a change of pasture) or who react at times of stress. Colikare can be fed daily, for peace of mind, or only when needed.
Many horse owners like to give Colikare at times of lush, spring grass or autumn 'grass flushes'. Other obvious times are when a horse is stressed by a change of routine, or may have eaten his bedding. Colikare works fast to disperse gas and relax stomach muscles.
The fennel and marjoram in Colikare are herbs traditionally used for wind-sucking and crib-biting.
"Colikare - wow! Since I put my gelding on Colikare 3 years ago, he has not had a single episode. I can't believe it works that well. I give it to him once a day all year round (and double the amount when we change his field) and I have a happy, healthy horse. I have been saved SO many vet's bills - thank you, Pro-Equine." Gemma N
 Mitchell RD. Prevalence of gastric ulcers in hunter/jumper and dressage horses evaluated for poor performance. Association for Equine Sports Medicine September 2001.