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Equine Supplements

St David’s Equine Veterinary Supplements

St David’s Hoof Aid

Our vets are seeing great results with Hoof Aid supplied by Hestevard for our practice. Hestevard’s products are scientifically based and specially formulated to enable them to provide the best products at the best possible price. This product is designed to benefit:

  • Horses with weak cracked feet
  • Horses which fail to grow much horn
  • Horses being treated by remedial farriery (where promotion of horn growth is desirable to allow the farrier to produce quicker changes in foot conformation)
  • Horses with collapsing heel horn
  • Horses with impaired microbial gut activity that may, as a result, be deficient in Biotin (for example horse on antibiotics or a high starch diet)

What active ingredients are present in the supplement?

  • Biotin: This product contains HIGH levels of Biotin which is vital for the synthesis of keratin in the hoof horn. Biotin alone will improve the structure of the outer layer of horn, the Stratum Corneum, but cracked and defective horn originating in deeper structure of the hoof wall require additional nutrients such as:
    • Calcium: Responsible for structural cohesion within horn.
    • Bioavailable Sulphur, Methionine and MSN: Essential for production of strong hair and horn as it allows the formation of bonds within the keratin structure which gives it its durability.
    • Zinc: To enhance healing of damaged horn and connective tissue.
    • Amino acids: Vital building blocks of proteins including keratin.

We would recommend that if your horse is already on a Biotin supplement that you compare the levels of Biotin in the product that you are using with the Biotin content in this product. In all cases that we have come across, this product is cheaper per day than comparable products as well as providing higher levels of Biotin. St David’s Hoof Aid contains 1,875mg of Biotin per 1kg. The recommended dosage is 20g per day (which is equivalent to 37.5mg Biotin) for horses or 20g every other day for ponies or foals.

This product is backed up by its manufacturers who offer a full refund to anyone who uses three pots of Hoof Aid and does not see a difference in horn quality or growth. To monitor progress, it is advised that photos are taken of the horse’s feet before, during and after treatment. These will be needed to prove that there has been no improvement. We have been supplying Hoof Aid for over 12 months and have not had any dissatisfied clients reporting that the product has not significantly improved the hoof horn quality or growth.

St David’s Multivitamin

St David’s Multivitamin provides a supplementary source of vitamins and trace elements for all horses; particularly animals on forage only diets or those with a suspected nutritional deficiency or suffering with illness.

This product contains:

Vitamin A, D3, E, C, B1, B2, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Lysine, Choline, Biotin, Niacinamide as well as trace elements; Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulphate, Copper, Cobalt and Selenium.

Veterinary Haemo Tonic

St David's Veterinary Haemo Tonic is a supplement that provides a range of B vitamins, iron and cobalt. B vitamins are not stored by the horse in significant quantity and they are normally absorbed from the gut, where they are produced by bacterial fermentation.

The main uses of St David's Veterinary Haemo Tonic are:

  • Convalescent horses after illness or post-surgery.
  • As a "tonic" or "pick me up" in horses that are dull or debilitated or have reduced energy.
  • Inappetant horses and ponies.
  • Horses with anaemia.
  • After diagnosis of a heavy parasite burden.
  • Horses on a lower fibre/high grain diet. A diet high in grain or cereals can create an acid environment in the hind gut which is destructive to the bacteria that normally live there and produce B vitamins which are absorbed by the horse.
  • After severe diarrhoea which can disrupt the bacterial populations in the hind gut that normally produce B vitamins for the horse.

The B vitamins contained in this supplement are involved in energy metabolism, appetite and immune system function; Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin and Pantothenic Acid are important in utilisation of fats, carbohydrates and proteins and so the provision of energy within the body. B vitamins are also associated with production of red blood cells (which carry oxygen around the body).

Niacin deficiency is associated with loss of appetite, reduced growth and generalised muscular weakness so this supplement is ideal for horses who have a poor appetite due to illness, taking certain medications or any other reason.

We supply Haemo Tonic in a 1.2 Litre bottle and the recommended feeding guidelines are 30ml twice a day for horses and 30ml once daily for ponies or foals.

Glucosamine 99%

This is the most concentrated form of Glucosamine as a stand-alone supplement at over 99% purity. Glucosamine is a naturally occurring non-toxic molecule which is essential in the production of cartilage, joint fluid, tendons and ligaments.

We recommend feeding Glucosamine once daily:

Loading Dose (for 4 weeks):

Ponies up to 300kg
Horses and ponies up to 500kg
Horses over 500kg

Maintenance Dose:

Ponies up to 300kg
Horses and ponies up to 500kg
Horses over 500kg

St David’s Mobility Aid

Our Mobility Aid is based on Glucosamine (99% purity) which is a naturally occurring non-toxic molecule, essential in the production of cartilage, joint fluid, tendons and ligaments. In addition, it includes MSN (Bioavailable Sulphur), Hyaluronic Acid and Chondroitin Sulphate. When fed as recommended it will enhance the level of glycosaminoglycans in the joint. These are the building blocks of the cartilage matrix. High levels of Chondroitin Sulphate act as a ‘water magnet’ in the joint helping it to withstand constant compression and concussion.

Performance horses are pre-disposed to increased wear and tear on their joints. When the rate of production is exceeded by the rate of breakdown, cartilage tissue will break up potentially leading to degenerative joint disease such as arthritis. St David’s Mobility Aid provides the components necessary for the nutritional maintenance of a healthy cartilage matrix and is provided in 1kg pots.

Loading Dose (for 4 weeks):

Ponies up to 300kg
Horses and ponies up to 500kg
Horses over 500kg

Maintenance Dose:

Ponies up to 300kg
Horses and ponies up to 500kg
Horses over 500kg

Gastric Aid

St David’s Gastric Aid is a unique supplement designed for horses prone to gastric disturbances. It helps maintain optimum gut health and function and can be used as a therapy for horses predisposed to low grade stomach ulcers as well as an additional therapy to Omeprazole in horses with severe ulcers. It is provided in a pelleted formulation and supplies a unique formulation of prebiotics, amino acids, seaweed extract and specific minerals to aid in the recovery and maintenance of a healthy digestive tract.

When can it be used?

More and more horses are being diagnosed with low grade stomach ulcers ranging from minor (Grade 1) to severe (Grade 4). The recommended treatment is a medication called ‘Omeprazole’ (‘Gastroguard™’, ‘Ulcer Gold™’ and ‘Peptizole™’) as well as a change in management. Gastric Aid is an excellent adjunctive treatment to help return the stomach to normal function and can be used as a treatment on its own in mild cases of stomach ulceration. Gastric Aid is also used effectively in helping prevent the recurrence of stomach ulcers in horses which have been successfully treated with Omeprazole.

How does it work?

In a study conducted by the company, the supplement was shown to significantly reduce gastric ulceration score in horses after six weeks supplementation.

The following active ingredients are present in the supplement:

  • Calcium Alginate (from Seaweed) and Kaolin. These give it a thick, clinging consistency which tends to coat the stomach wall and form a physical protective layer.
  • Antacids such as calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide.
  • Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS). These are prebiotics and are recognised to stimulate the growth of “desirable” bacteria within the hindgut as the bacteria use it as a food source. The FOS are not digested in the first part of the gut and so remain intact to be used by bacterial populations in the hindgut. This promotes healthy populations of bacteria in the hindgut.
  • Glutamine is used in the production of proteins, as a fuel reserve for dividing cells and is important in the development of intestinal lining (epithelial) cells. Glutamine supplementation has been proven to increase intestinal performance and reduce intestinal damage.
  • Alginate, magnesium hydroxide and calcium carbonate are the main constituents in Gaviscon which is “prescribed” by doctors as an aid to managing gastritis in humans.

St David’s Gastric Aid is supplied in a convenient pelleted formation in either 3.2kg or 12kg containers.

The recommended dosage is 100g per day for horses (divided into 3 feeds/day) and 50g per day for ponies and foals.

It is also available in a paste formation: St David’s Pro Paste is most commonly used by our clients who would like to provide protection to their horse’s stomach during periods of heightened stress such as when competing, moving yards or under treatment for other conditions. It is also suitable for horses who are particularly sensitive to changes in feed, forage or pasture to help them through a transition period.

St David’s Digestive Balancer

This is a complementary probiotic feedstuff for horses which can be used on a long term basis to maintain digestive health. It is also ideal for the following specific scenarios:

  • During and after antibiotic treatment
  • To help manage transient periods of diarrhoea
  • Following deworming
  • Times of stress in horses prone to gastro-intestinal upset

We can provide this product in a 750g or a 2kg pot.

It is recommended to feed at 10g per day for long term maintenance increasing to 20g per day during periods of increased stress.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff about ordering any of these products, please phone 01392 876622 or email info@stdavids-equine.co.uk