The ultimate equine digestive supplement. Optimize hindgut health, increase nutrient absorption and enhance immunity with natural probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes and nucleotides. In uber palatable pellets.
Optimum Digestive Health
- Hindgut Health
- Microbiome Balance
- Prevent Digestive Upsets
- Immune System
- Nutrient Absorption
- Toxin Removal
- Digestive Function
- Colostrum Quality
- Mental Focus
Even the best nutrition programs will fail without maintaining gut health.
That’s why we developed Optimum Digestive Health Pellets – to restore balance to the gastrointestinal tract, improve feed efficiency, support energy metabolism and boost nutrient assimilation.
Mad Barn’s Optimum Digestive Health gives you total GI tract coverage that works in five key ways:
- Stabilizing the gut flora, reducing the risk of dysfunction and colic
- Providing intestinal enzymes that improve the digestibility of feed
- Stimulating hindgut development to support the fermentation of fiber
- Contains toxin binders that remove harmful substances before they can be absorbed
- Source of natural immune modulators
Tired of powdered supplements that get left behind? Mad Barn’s Optimum Digestive Health is an uber palatable, pelleted equine digestive supplement that contains a unique combination of probiotics, prebiotics, yeast, enzymes and a proprietary blend of nucleotides.
This is the most comprehensive solution on the market to address optimal hindgut health. Best of all, these ingredients are 100% natural and come from renewable resources.
Why Use Optimum Digestive Health?
Does your horse exhibit any of these signs of poor digestive function?
- Loose manure/diarrhea
- Poor topline
- Lack of muscle
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Poor quality coat
If so, your horse may benefit from Optimum Digestive Health. Our all-in-one dietary supplement provides everything you need to get your horse’s digestive system back on tract. There is no shortage of pre- and probiotics on the market for your horse. But there hasn’t ever been a formulation like this.
Optimum Digestive Health is the ultimate solution for hindgut support, immune function and nutrient utilization. Give your horse total GI tract coverage with a powerful complex of probiotics, prebiotics, yeast, enzymes and more.
How Optimum Digestive Health Works
Optimizes the Microbiome
The digestive tract of a healthy horse is inhabited by trillions of beneficial bacteria. These microorganisms assist with a number of vital functions in the horse’s body, such as nutrient assimilation, hindgut fermentation and vitamin synthesis, just to name a few.
Optimum Digestive Health replenishes the equine microflora with the addition of probiotics and provides nourishment with select prebiotic substrates. When combined, these substances optimize gut microbiome and reduce the risk of digestive dysfunction and colic.
Optimum Digestive Health is more than just food – it’s a natural growth promoter that works with your horse. A proprietary blend of nucleotides stimulates maximal growth of the beneficial bacteria already inhabiting your horse’s digestive system.
By optimizing the microbial environment, your horse can better digest feeds and liberate more nutrients that go toward muscle growth, athletic performance and immunity. The addition of digestive enzymes in the equine diet can also assist in the absorption of nutrients in the correct location, reducing excess starch or protein from reaching the hindgut.
The wide range of digestive enzymes in Optimum Digestive Health:
- Boost feed efficiency by accelerating the breakdown of nutrients in forage and concentrates.
- Prevent digestive upset by limiting the passage of starch and protein into the hindgut.
The presence of molds and fungus are a reality for all feeds. These organisms can produce compounds that are very toxic to the horse and its digestive health. Impeding these toxins and removing them before they can be absorbed or negatively impact the microflora or the horse is imperative for optimal health.
Optimum Digestive Health contains a natural prebiotic substance that binds onto harmful toxins and harmlessly clears them out of the digestive system.
Scientifically Proven Benefits
Optimum Digestive Health has been scientifically studied and shown to improve gut health, immune function and feed digestibility. Very few digestive support supplements have been studied in horses. Go with a product that has research to back up its results.
Effects on Hindgut Bacteria Population:
In one research trial, feeding ODH was demonstrated to significantly increase the population of beneficial lactic acid utilizing bacteria in the hindgut, while reducing harmful bacterial from the Streptococci Sp genus.
By bringing the hindgut microbiome into a more favourable balance, ODH can support digestion and immune function.
Effects on Fibrolytic Activity:
Study results also showed that the horses fed ODH experienced a higher rate of fibrolytic activity compared to a control. Fibrolytic activity refers to the bacteria and enzymes that break down fibers found in foods to obtain energy.
By increasing the digestibility of fibre in the diet, ODH can support nutrient uptake, energy metabolism, weight gain and animal comfort.
Effects on Immunoglobulin Levels:
ODH has also been shown to boost immunity as assessed by the concentration of immunoglobulins (IgA, IgG, IgM) present. Immunoglobulins are the proteins that contain antibodies that fight disease-causing agents such as viruses and bacteria.
Compared to a control, ODH significantly increased the levels of these immunoglobulins found in colostrum of breeding mares, helping to kick-start the immune system in the young foal.
You should always consult a qualified nutritionist before altering your feed program. Submit your horse’s diet for analysis online and one of our equine nutritionists will be happy to provide a complementary review.
Allzyme® SSF is an enzyme complex supplement created by Alltech. It is produced using a technology called solid-state fermentation, which uses a fungus called Aspergillus niger to produce a combination of enzymes. Enzymes work directly in the gastrointestinal tract to help break down feed components. Allzyme® SSF, in particular, helps release greater amounts of sugar, starches, protein and fibre from feeds.
Digestibility studies involving different livestock species have proven Allzyme® SSF’s ability to increase feed efficiency to maximize feed potential.
In horses, supplemental enzymes may be an effective way to maximize nutrient release from feeds, reducing feed costs and increasing performance. In studies using horses, enzyme-supplemented diets increased the digestibility of all nutrients, especially fibre, and also improved fecal gas production. Allzyme® SSF has the potential to be especially beneficial for horses that have trouble holding weight, are prone to having digestive upsets, or lactating mares that need extra nutrients to support milk production.
Bio-Mos™ from Alltech™ is a proprietary ingredient made from a specific strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast. This supplement is designed to supply the gastrointestinal tract with beneficial microorganisms that promote athletic performance and feed efficiency.
Bio-Mos™ has been clinically studied in 734 research trials and its efficacy is supported by 114 peer-reviewed publications. It has been used for over 20 years to promote gastrointestinal health and integrity in a variety of agricultural animals, including horses.
According to Alltech™, Bio-Mos™ works by reinforcing the normal function of the digestive system and stimulates the body’s natural defenses. It helps to normalize the gut microflora, supporting a healthy balance between good and bad bacteria and contributing to the development of the immune system.
Copper is a micromineral that is required by the horse for proper nervous system function, antioxidant defense, cardiac function, bone development, cellular respiration, keratinization, tissue pigmentation and the formation of connective tissue. It is a catalytic co-factor for many important enzymes, meaning that it is required for these enzyme’s activity as a catalyst.
If copper levels are not adequate in the horse’s diet, it can lead to pigmentation abnormalities, sensitive skin, sluggishness, bone demineralization, osteoporosis, arthritis, liver problems, digestive problems, anemia, neutropenia, or leukopenia. Deficiency may be common in certain geographic regions where soil content is naturally low in copper.
Absorption of this mineral from the gastrointestinal tract is between 5 to 10% in adults and may be reduced during times of disease or if the horse is consuming a diet high in phytates or competing minerals. To increase levels, a highly bioavailable form of this mineral like Bioplex Copper (copper proteinate) is recommended.
Dietary Escape Microbial Protein (EMP™) from Alltech is a type of protein supplement that isn’t broken down in the gut by microbes. According to Alltech, EMP is “A revolutionary microbial protein technology designed to provide a unique, high-quality protein source that delivers the complete array of essential amino acids to the [animal].”
Amino acids are the building blocks from which proteins are synthesized in the body. There are 20 standard amino acids required by all mammals to form proteins and other biomolecules.
Nine of these amino acids are essential, meaning they cannot be made by the body and must come from food or supplement sources. The nine essential amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.
Integral®A+ is a feed additive developed by Alltech that works as a prebiotic. It is composed of hydrolyzed yeast, beta-glucans, mannan oligosaccharide (MOS) and green algae.
Prebiotics are non-digestible oligosaccharides from the cell walls of lysed yeast, which act as a food source and stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. They thereby enhance digestibility, maintain proper gut pH levels and assist with hind-gut fermentation. Prebiotics are also capable of binding with strains of harmful bacteria such as E. coli, Campylobacter and Salmonella, and helping to flush them out of the intestinal tract.
Integral®A+ has proven efficacy in over 55 peer-reviewed in-vivo livestock, companion animal and aquaculture trials. In horses, the inclusion of this additive results in enhanced gut health, immunity and performance.
Kelp meal (seaweed) is a type of brown algae that is rich in a number of chelated minerals required by the horse. It contains meaningful quantities of magnesium, potassium, iodine, calcium and iron. It is also a source of several vitamins, micro-nutrients and 20 different amino acids.
As an equine supplement, kelp is commonly fed to increase iodine levels and support normal production of thyroid hormones. It is also recommended for hoof health, skin and coat health, fertility, metabolism, anti-inflammatory properties, stamina and growth.
Dried seaweed meal also contains high levels of polysaccharides, which are a type of starch with prebiotic effects. This prebiotic fibre can stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut and promote balance of the microbiota.
Magnesium is a macro-mineral that plays an important role in regulating nerve impulse transmission, protein synthesis, energy metabolism and enzyme activity. It is involved in over 300 different enzyme reactions in the horse’s body.
60% of the magnesium in the body is found in the bones and 40% is found in extracellular fluids and soft tissues. If a horse is deficient in magnesium, it can lead to abnormal behaviour and mood problems, jumpiness, excitability, growth failure, muscle weakness, intermittent muscle spasms (tetany), sensitive skin and back pain. It may also be involved in equine metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance in horses.
As a supplement, it is best given in the form of inorganic magnesium oxide which has an absorption rate of approximately 50% and does not cause the same gastrointestinal side effects as magnesium sulfate (epsom salt).
Mad Barn’s 5-strain probiotic supplement contains a synergistic blend of 5 different bacterial colonies that support gut health, digestion and immune function in your horse. Probiotics are the beneficial bacterial that colonize the intestines and inhibit the growth of pathogens that can cause disease.
Our MB-5 Strain Probiotic contains 20 billion CFU (Colony Forming Units) per gram of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum and Enterococcus faecium. Find out more about our probiotic blend here.
This supplement can be used to help balance the gut microflora after the microbiome has been disrupted by use of NSAID’s, antibiotics and/or wormers. It can also be used if your horse has had digestive upsets or appears unthrift.
Oat bran is made from the outer layer of the oat grain, just beneath the inedible husk and is used as a very palatable pellet binder and source of soluble fiber. Oat bran is low in starch and contains a high concentration of beta-glucan, which is a form of soluble fiber that has many benefits for horses.
Beta-glucan has beneficial prebiotic qualities in the hindgut where it helps nourish beneficial bacteria, promoting a healthy immune system.
Oat bran also creates a gel-like substance when mixed with water, which reduces the rate at which simple sugars move through the intestines. This substance thereby enhances the digestion and absorption of these sugars so that they are less likely to reach the hindgut. This process also slows down the release of sugars into the bloodstream, providing a more regulated release of glucose.
Peppermint has been used as a digestive tonic for hundreds of years. The plant extract contains small amounts of volatile oils like menthol which can help to relax the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, support peristalsis and reduce symptoms of digestive upset.
The supplement can have a calming, soothing effect on a horse’s stomach which is why it is commonly given to horses suffering from gastric or duodenal ulcers, gas, digestive cramping, lack of appetite or colic.
Peppermint is also a safe, natural flavour that improves the palatability of Visceral+ and that most horses love. It can stimulate the appetite and may support healthy bowel movements. When given in low doses, it does not cause adverse reactions.
Phosphorus is an essential nutrient that is an important component of cell membranes (Phoshoplipids), bone structure and reactions requiring cellular energy (ATP/Adenosine TriPhosphate). Phosphorus also helps form the backbone of DNA and contributes to pH and electrolyte balance in bodily fluids.
Dietary Phosphorus can be obtained from many different feeds, including forages, oats and soybean meal. Feeds with particularly high Phosphorus concentrations include wheat bran and rice bran.
The Phosphorus found naturally in grains and forages is considered organic, and is often bound inside molecules called Phytates. Feed manufacturers, however, often add inorganic Phosphorus, which comes from mining and processing phosphate from rocks, into commercial horse feeds. Inorganic Phosphorus sources are often listed on feed labels as monosodium phosphate; mono-, di-, and tri-calcium phosphate; and defluorinated phosphate.
Inorganic Phosphorus is a non-renewable resource, as it is mined from the earth. It is well known that inorganic Phosphorus is released from animal waste into the environment at high levels and can cause environmental harm. Today, research is focused on striking a balance between feeding enough Phosphorus for optimal horse health and production (growth, lactation, reproduction, performance, etc.) without overfeeding it, thus reducing the environmental footprint of feeding horses. It has also been concluded that both growing and mature horses can effectively utilize the majority of Phosphorus bound in plant Phytate and might not need inorganic Phosphorus added to their feed to meet their Phosphorus requirements.
Potassium is an essential macro mineral that functions as an electrolyte in the horse’s body. It is the most important intracellular cation, is essential for maintaining the contractility of smooth, skeletal and cardiac muscle, and also plays a role in regulating pH balance.
Horses fed a diet with adequate forage typically do not need to supplement with additional potassium as forage typically contains high amounts of this mineral. Diets that contain mostly grain may not supply adequate amounts.
A deficiency in this electrolyte can develop under conditions of profuse sweating, in endurance horses, in horses using diuretics like Lasix (furosemide) or in horses experiencing diarrhea. Low levels of potassium can lead to reduced appetite, decreased water intake, muscle weakness, mental apathy, cardiac arrhythmias, adrenal hypertrophy and a decreased growth rate.
Sodium is a macro mineral that is the most recognizable electrolyte in the horse’s body. It plays a role in nerve impulse transmission, regulation of muscle contractions, maintenance of blood pressure, skeletal integrity, blood volume regulation and thirst regulation.
The daily sodium requirement for a 500 kg (1,100 lb) horse is approximately 10 grams. Higher intake is required in hot climates or for horses undergoing heavy physical exercise which lose greater amounts of electrolytes through sweat. Horses naturally seek out salt when levels of this mineral fall too low. They should be provided with free choice loose salt to ensure electrolyte balance is maintained.
If a horse does not get adequate amounts of sodium to replace that which is lost through sweat and urine, the thirst response will be diminished. This is why horses will sometimes avoid drinking water even on a hot day when they are sweating. Additional signs of deficiency can include abnormal licking of soil or other objects, anorexia, lethargy, unsteady gait or loss of skin vitality.
Yea-Sacc 1026® is a yeast culture developed by Alltech that is based on Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain 1026. This strain of yeast was specifically selected for its influence on digestibility in animals. Many years of research in multiple animal species have clarified Yea-Sacc 1026® ‘s efficacy as a probiotic for enhancing digestibility.
The addition of probiotic substances in the equine diet has a multitude of benefits to the horse. Yea-Sacc 1026® promotes greater digestion efficiency of feed and stabilizes hindgut pH, preventing digestive upset associated with stress, training, performance and transport. More efficient digestion means that energy uptake is also enhanced, along with other important nutrients.
Providing yeast in the horse’s diet also enhances phosphorus and calcium availability, contributing to greater bone strength. Yea-Sacc 1026® has also been proven to stimulate milk production and enhance milk quality in lactating mares, resulting in healthier foals.
|< 200 kg||0.5 scoop||40 g|
|200 – 500 kg||1 scoop||80 g|
|> 500 kg||1.5 scoops||120 g|
|1 scoop = 125 cc = 80 grams|
Store in a cool, dry place, protected from direct sunlight. Keep tightly closed when not in use.
12 months from date of manufacture.
Per gram serving
|Nutrients||Values||Units||Per 80 G|
|Total Bacteria and Yeast||(min)||1.1||1x10^9 cfu/g||88||1x10^9 cfu|
|Total Enzyme Activity||(min)||2,500||U/kg||200||U|
|Quantity||Days Supplied||Serving Size||Cost Per Day|
|Feed Per Day||g / 100 kg BW||16g|
|g / 500 kg horse||80|
|Scoops Per Day||scoops/100 kg BW||0.2 scoops|
|scoops / 500 kg horse||1 scoop|
|Cost Per Day||$/100 kg of BW||$0.24|
|$/500 kg horse||$1.20|
Customer Questions About This Product
- My mare is thought to have hind gut acidosis. I started her on Visceral about 5 days ago. She is on a grain free diet and gets Omneity. Should I add ODH? Or give the Visceral more time?
- Q My mare is thought to have hind gut acidosis. I started her on Visceral about 5 days ago. She is ...... Read moreA Optimum Digestive Health and Visceral are very similar products, with Visceral containing added ingredients to support gastric health. It can take 2-3 months to notice a significant difference with either Visceral or Optimum Digestive Health depending on the severity of the digestive problem so giving Visceral more time is recommended. Can ODH be given with Amino Trace? My boy is over weight since forever, probably IR. No laminitis, no signs of ulcers. He has a loose manure/diharea/water problem since I got him but it seems to get worse these times. Adding just probiotics alone never helped so Id like to try something else. Daily Gold clay helps when I give him some, but I am not a huge fan of giving clay to horses on a regular basis.
- Q Can ODH be given with Amino Trace? My boy is over weight since forever, probably IR. No laminitis...... Read moreA Yes, Optimum Digestive Health and AminoTrace+ can be fed together. Is your product safe for an IR horse? Gelding with is 23 years old has fecal water syndrome. He requires 30,0000 mg of metformin to control his blood sugar at 96. The fecal water is more of a problem when he eats alfalfa. Regular diet consist of 3 cups twice a day of Kalm and EZ GC. He also receives cocosoya to have control the problem. Stools are formed and soft. Water runs out before and after
- Q Is your product safe for an IR horse? Gelding with is 23 years old has fecal water syndrome. He r...... Read moreA Yes, Optimum Digestive Health is safe for IR horses. You may want to start with our Visceral+ supplement instead, which is our gold-standard gut health supplement. Also, it is recommended for IR horses to avoid alfalfa. Our nutritionists can help you formulate a diet for your gelding if you submit his information at https://madbarn.com/analyze-diet/ Horse doesn’t like the taste . Pulling faces. Ignoring rest of feed.
- Q Horse doesn’t like the taste . Pulling faces. Ignoring rest of feed.A Hi Peter, we're sorry to hear that! Optimum Digestive Health is very concentrated and doesn’t have any sweet flavourings to entice horses that may be used to eating feeds with molasses and other sweeteners. We always suggest starting with a small dose and working your way up to the full dose, this usually helps to ease the transition. Adding a handful of a palatable grain, beet pulp, flaxseed or forage pellets (sort of like adding sprinkles) usually works best. Fenugreek, which you can find in the Indian spices section or in capsules in the natural supplement section of the grocery store, also works very well. Adding a bit of vegetable oil, molasses, apple sauce, fruit juice or peppermint oil, depending on what your horse prefers, are other strategies to make it tastier. We also have an article here on tips and tricks on introducing a new supplement to your horse that you may find helpful: https://madbarn.ca/how-to-introduce-a-new-mineral-vitamin-to-your-horse/ I have had my gelding on Visceral+ For just over three weeks and he is having very runny bowel movements. Could this be related and is it an expected effect or is this a sign of a sensitivity and should I stop feeding it?
- Q I have had my gelding on Visceral+ For just over three weeks and he is having very runny bowel mo...... Read moreA Hi Elisabeth, This is not expected with Visceral+ and is likely due to other factors. Most horses experience an improvement in runny stools when using Visceral+. Can you describe your horse's feeding program and management? Is he continuing to experience runny stools? Are there any other changes? You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can put you in touch with a nutritionist to help troubleshoot the issue. What is the difference between Optimum Digestive Health and Visceral+?
- Q What is the difference between Optimum Digestive Health and Visceral+?A Visceral+ was primarily designed to support gastric health in horses that are suspected or at high risk of having gastric ulcers. It also contains bacterial probiotics and prebiotic ingredients like MOS (mannan-oligosaccharides) to nourish the hindgut bacteria and restore balance to the entire digestive system. Ingredients like glutamine, magnesium, and lecithin also help to support the integrity of the intestinal lining and help the GI tract heal itself naturally. Optimum Digestive Health, or ODH, is a supplement that targets hindgut health, specifically, to enhance the fermentation of forage and reduce the level of harmful bacteria that may be proliferating in the hindgut. ODH contains probiotics and prebiotics, like Visceral+, but it does not contain glutamine or lecithin. Does optimum contain any sugars and in what quantity ?
- Q Does optimum contain any sugars and in what quantity ?A Optimum Digestive Health does not contain any added sugars. It uses oat bran for pelleting but this does not add an appreciable amount of sugar to the formulation. I just bought Opimum digestive health pellets. My 25 year old Halflinger is presently on oméprazole in the morning. We thought he had ulcers. In the last year he was diagnosed with cushing. He takes pergolide at around 3h00 pm. He has a protein deficiency and does not seem to absord the vitamins in his food. I'm reluctant to stop giving him the oméprazole because it keeps him eating. The vet is now saying it might be an intestinal inflammatory disease or cancer. I wanted to try Optimum to see if we can get his body to absorb the nutrients. I also bought the w-3 oil. We give him the oméprazole at 7h00 in the morning and feed him an hour later. What time should i give him the optimum?
- Q I just bought Opimum digestive health pellets. My 25 year old Halflinger is presently on oméprazo...... Read moreA
You can give the ODH with his normal feeding. If you do decide to stop Omeprazole, starting Visceral+ a week before you stop will ease the transition off Omeprazole and help protect against acid rebound. You would not feed the ODH if using Visceral+ Would you recommend the ODH pellets for an overweight horse? Could it help support weight loss along with exercise? Or does it actually help to gain weight?
- Q Would you recommend the ODH pellets for an overweight horse? Could it help support weight loss al...... Read moreA
I don't think it would have a perceivable difference on weight gain or loss in comparison to managing the nutrition program appropriately for caloric intake to match expenditure. We're happy to help tailor a program. Hi I would like to know if you can use the Visceral + in the morning feed and the ODH in the evening feed?
- Q Hi I would like to know if you can use the Visceral + in the morning feed and the ODH in the even...... Read moreA
Yes Can you also feed a ration balancer with Optimum Digestive Health or would that lead to too much of certain minerals?
- Q Can you also feed a ration balancer with Optimum Digestive Health or would that lead to too much ...... Read moreA Hi Uli, It would depend on the specific formula being used. Is there a particular product you want to know about? Optimum Digestive Health was designed to be fed in conjunction with Mad Barn's Omneity Ration Balancer. I just wanted to verify that this product (Optimum Digestive Health) is soy free, correct? I cannot wait to get my mare started on it, who has Leaky Gut Syndrome and EPM. Gut health is super important for her and this product looks to fit every box that I need to have checked, including the fact that it is pelleted!
- Q I just wanted to verify that this product (Optimum Digestive Health) is soy free, correct? I cann...... Read moreA
Heather - Optimum Digestive Health is soy-free. Are you familiar with banned products for show horses, are any of your products in that realm?
- Q Are you familiar with banned products for show horses, are any of your products in that realm?A Hi Chrissy, Optimum Digestive Health is competition safe. There is nothing in this product that will cause your horse to be banned from competition. What is the stability of this product? Is it resistant to temperature changes? Can it be soaked with a horse's grain?