Don’t let ulcers affect your horse’s performance and well being. Get Visceral+ to maintain stomach and hindgut health. Supports the function of the immune system.
- Stomach Health
- Overall Well-Being
- Gut Health
- Digestive Function
- Immune System
- Athletic Performance
- Energy Metabolism
- Nutrient Absorption
- Tissue Repair
- Mood Balance
- Animal Comfort
Mad Barn’s Visceral+ is a comprehensive nutritional solution for horses with Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) and other forms of digestive upsets.
Visceral+ is formulated with the highest quality probiotic ingredients, earth-grown nutrients, minerals and amino acids that your horse needs to naturally support the body’s own healing mechanisms and restore the integrity of the stomach and intestinal lining.
Visceral+ was developed in conjunction with veterinarians tired of treating ulcers with GastroGard (omeprazole) or UlcerGard only to have horses relapse post-treatment. Visceral+ is clinically proven to heal stomach tissue, improve condition and health.
Visceral+ provides complete coverage from stomach to colon, stimulating healing of ulcers and preventing recurrence.
Why Use Visceral+?
Incidence of gastric ulceration has been reported to exceed 95% in performance horses and a large proportion of pleasure horses have been found to have gastric ulcers.
Essentially any horse that undergoes stall confinement, has inconsistent access to feed, is fed grain, or is trailered is at risk of developing ulcers.
Visceral+ works in four key ways to restore balance to the digestive system:
- Promotes Healing
- A scientifically formulated combination of ingredients that stimulate healing of ulcers and prevent recurrence.
- Provides Building Blocks
- Not only does Visceral+ stimulate healing of the lining of the stomach, it also provides the nutrients needed to rebuild it.
- Complete Protection
- It is important to take care of gastric ulcers, but the stomach represents only 8% of the total digestive system. That leaves a lot of other area for something to go wrong. Visceral+ provides complete coverage from stomach to colon.
- Supports the Immune System
- Upwards of 70% of the immune system is driven by the gut and Visceral+ helps support immune function.
Don’t let ulcers affect your horse’s performance and well being. Get Visceral+!
- To maintain stomach and hindgut health.
- Supports the function of the immune system.
- Product is competition safe.
- In a convenient pelleted format that horses love.
Don’t Fight Biology
Buffers and Omeprazole do exactly that – which is why there is almost 100% recurrence when treatment stops.
Go with the proven solution that works with the animal’s natural biology. Visceral+ works by:
- Forming a physiochemical barrier to protect the stomach tissue
- Enhancing mucin production, building a natural defensive layer within the gastrointestinal tract
- Stimulating cell turnover to decrease healing time of ulcers
- Providing building blocks for cellular regeneration
- Decreasing inflammation and pain to support digestive comfort
Got Ulcers? Get Visceral+
Visceral+ is clinically proven
The clinical study for Visceral+ was carried out by Halton Equine Veterinary Services. The initial premise of the trial was to develop a product that could stop the relapse of ulcers post GastroGard treatment.
Current prescription ulcer treatments generally work in the same manner, to suppress or buffer acid secretion in the stomach. This raises the pH of the stomach, allowing the tissue to heal. There are several issues with this approach:
- Not treating the cause.
- Very high relapse incidence post-treatment.
- Acid rebound.
- Digestive enzyme activation decreased. Possibility of more protein reaching the hindgut, resulting in unfavourable fermentation,
leading to secondary hindgut dysfunction.
- Decreased protection from pathogens.
The premise behind Mad Barn’s Visceral+ was to develop a product that works with the body to naturally heal ulcers and provide ingredients to nourish the microbiome and decrease pathogen load.
Summary of Protocol:
Horses brought to the clinic to be scoped for gastric ulcers were enrolled in the study, with the owners consent, if they presented with obvious ulcers or hyperkeratosis. The horses were treated with GastroGard for 15–30 days. Visceral+ was added to the treatment one to two weeks prior to cessation of the GastroGard treatment and for another 30 days without GastroGard. All horses were re-scoped at the end of 60 days. All horses showed improvement to complete healing at the end of 60 days.
The initial reason for developing Visceral+ was to be used post GastroGard treatment, as the relapse incidence is almost 100% after cessation of treatment. We have subsequently found that Visceral+ can successfully treat ulcers without Omeprazole/GastroGard treatment.
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.
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.
Choline is an important nutrient for nerve function, fat metabolism, liver health and for maintaining reproductive health. In addition to serving as a building block for cell membranes, choline is also a precursor of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which regulates motor movements and cognitive function.
This nutrient is closely related to the vitamin B family. It is a constituent of lecithin which is a type of fatty substance known as a phospholipid. Deficiency in choline is unlikely and it has an established Recommended Dietary Concentration of 50 mg/kg of dry matter intake.
Choline supplementation is recommended for horses to support neurological health and to promote normal liver function. It plays an essential role in fat metabolism in the liver and helps to prevent excess accumulation of lipids.
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is an Omega-3 fatty acid. It is a derivative of Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are a part of the Polyunsaturated fatty acid family.
ALA, EPA and DHA are “essential fatty acids” because they are fundamental for bodily processes, yet they cannot be made in the body and have to be obtained from the diet. EPA and DHA can be synthesized from ALA, but due to low conversion efficiency in the horse, it is recommended to supplement the diet with DHA. Some feeds that are classically high in DHA include flax, plant oils, green pasture and hay.
DHA, in particular, is well-known as a substance that can improve cognitive health, visual development, skin and coat condition and embryonic growth. Many equine studies cite that dietary supplementation of Omega-3 fatty acids may also alter inflammatory processes in joints, reducing the severity of pain and inflammation caused by age or performance-related joint problems.
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.
L-Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid that is found in the horse’s body. It plays a role in protein synthesis, repairing muscle tissue, cellular energy metabolism and digestive health. Research shows that it is essential for maintaining a healthy intestinal barrier and preventing the spread of pathogenic bacteria into the body.
Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid which is required in higher amounts when the horse is experiencing periods of stress or undergoing intensive exercise. While horses can normally product adequate amounts of this nutrient endogenously (internally), under certain circumstances stores of Glutamine can become depleted.
Horses experiencing gastric ulcers, colitis, infection, malnutrition or other stressors may need to add additional sources of Glutamine to their diet. If a horse is deficient in this nutrient, it can lead to digestive issues such as impaired nutrient absorption, diarrhea, excessive permeability of the gut wall, mucosal ulceration, and degradation of the intestinal epithelial cells.
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.
Lecithin is a type of natural fatty substance made up of phospholipids such as phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylinositol, and phosphatidylserine. It is a source of the essential nutrient choline and has been shown to play a role in liver health, neurological health and healthy metabolism.
In horses, supplementation with lecithin is associated with healthy skin and hair, cardiovascular function and brain health. This is attributed to its role in building and maintaining cell membranes. It also helps to promote normal cholesterol levels and avoid liver dysfunction caused by excess fat accumulation.
Lecithin has also been well-researched for its role in supporting gastric health and stomach lining which could increase resistance to ulceration. In several studies, a combination of pectin and lecithin was shown to reduce gastric ulcers and mucosal lesions.
Some research suggests that lecithin could contribute to improved tractability and reduced anxiety in horses as well as support athletic performance.
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).
Marshmallow Root Extract (Althea officinalis) is used in horses to soothe the digestive system and ease inflammation of the intestines. It contains high amounts of mucilage, meaning it can increase the production of mucous and help to coat the intestinal wall in a protective lining. This may reduce gastrointestinal irritation caused by excess stomach acid.
Marshmallow Root powder is commonly used in tandem with Slippery Elm Bark to address digestive complaints including Equine Gastric Ulcer Disease/Syndrome (EGUS), spasmodic colic, diarrhea (scouring) and constipation. It has been used traditionally to improve comfort in animals with gastric or duodenal ulceration.
Marshmallow Root is a good source of Vitamin A, B Vitamins, iodine, zinc, calcium, iron and sodium. This herb has also been used to support kidney and bladder health and to alleviate chest and throat irritations.
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.
The flowers and leaves of the Meadowsweet herb are a natural source of salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient found in aspirin. Salicylates are mild anti-inflammatory compounds that can relieve gastritis and joint pain, without causing negative side effects.
Meadowsweet plant products are commonly given to horses with arthritis and digestive problems like indigestion, heartburn, and gastric ulcers. The tannins in this plant are thought to have a protective effect on the gastric mucosa and to reduce irritation of the intestinal lining.
Research studies show that extracts from this herb can have an anti-coagulant effect and exhibit antimicrobial activity. This supplement has also been recommended for kidney and bladder concerns, including supporting healthy urinary tract function. It has been used to improve conditions that involve connective tissue such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA), muscular rheumatism and sciatica.
DL-Methionine is an essential amino acid that acts as a building block for proteins involved in metabolism, growth, liver function and more. Research suggests that it is the second-most likely amino acid for a horse to be deficient in, due to low natural amounts supplied by commonly fed grains. This compound cannot be synthesized internally and must be supplied by feed or supplementation.
Methionine is an important component of hoof and hair tissue because it is required for keratin synthesis. It plays a role in central nervous system function and is involved in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin. It is also necessary for detoxification pathways, is required to produce creatine, and supports the integrity of joints, ligaments, tendons and other connective tissues. Furthermore, Methionine is a precursor for Taurine, L-Carnitine and the sulfur-containing amino acid Cysteine.
Methionine is a common limiting factor in the horse’s diet. If a horse lacks adequate amounts of any amino acid from its diet, the remaining aminos cannot be fully utilized and are broken down by the body. The NRC’s Nutrient Requirements of Horses recommends daily intake of 5,000 mg. Alfalfa, flax, beet pulp and sunflower seeds are common sources of plant proteins to add to the diet.
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is an herbal supplement commonly used to promote liver health in horses. It contains the active compound silymarin which has been shown to support detoxification function, reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity.
Milk thistle seed extract contains antioxidants that promote liver cell regeneration and can contribute to healthy skin, hooves, immune function, lymphatic function and kidney and bladder function.
There is also preliminary evidence that this herb could improve laminitis in horses. Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) is a type of bacterial toxin believed to be involved in the pathology of laminitis. Silymarin from milk thistle was shown to neutralize LPS, which could naturally improve laminitis without the harmful side effects of the antibiotic polymixin B.
Oats hulls are the outer envelope of the oat grain and are a co-product of oat processing. The hulls are high in fibre and low in protein and energy. It is used in horse supplements as a source of beta-glucan, which is a type of soluble fiber.
Nutritional studies involving horses have shown that the inclusion of feeds naturally high in soluble fiber can slow feed intake and may be useful for prolonged feeding time in horses that are meal-fed. This can help to prevent blood glucose spikes following a meal by slowing down the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream.
Beta-glucan also has prebiotic effects in the hindgut where it can promote growth of beneficial probiotic bacteria and support the immune system.
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.
Slippery Elm Bark is an herbal supplement made from the inner bark of the Red Elm tree. It is commonly recommended for horses dealing with gastrointestinal issues such as ulceration or irritation of the gut, scouring (diarrhoea), colitis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Slippery Elm Bark is believed to soothe and repair mucosal membranes in the body, such as the mucus lining of the intestines. It is mildly stringent and may work by forming a protective coating within the digestive tract and acting as a demulcent and emollient. It also has anti-inflammatory actions in the stomach, bowel, colon and rectum.
Slippery Elm powder is a rich source of mucilage, which is a viscous or gelatinous substance that contains polysaccharides. Polysaccharides are a type of prebiotic fibre that can promote the growth of beneficial probiotic bacteria and inhibit the colonization of the gut by harmful bacterial organisms.
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.
A pelleted supplement to be used for horses with gastric ulcers. To maintain stomach and hindgut health. Supports the immune system.
Feed 1 scoop per day 2.8 oz (80 grams) per 1,100 lbs (500 kg) of body weight.
Store in a cool, dry place, protected from direct sunlight. Keep tightly closed when not in use.
12 months from date of manufacture.
1 scoop per day 2.82 oz (80 grams)
|Gut Health Pak
(Lecithin, Bio-Mos™, EMP™, Marshmallow Root Extract, Slippery Elm, Yea-Sacc1026™)
|Milk Thistle||3,000 mg|
|Docosahexaenoic Acid||350 mg|
|MB-5 Strain Probiotic||20 billion CFU|
|Quantity||Days Supplied||Serving Size||Cost Per Day|
|Feed Per Day||g / 100 kg BW||16g|
|g / 500 kg horse||80g|
|Scoops Per Day||scoops / 100 kg BW||0.2 scoops|
|scoops / 500 kg horse||1 scoop|
|Cost Per Day||$/100 kg of BW||$0.45|
|$/500 kg horse||$2.24|
Customer Questions About This Product
I have an IR horse. What are the ESC,WSC and starch amounts/percentages of Visceral?
Q I have an IR horse. What are the ESC,WSC and starch amounts/percentages of Visceral? answer nowAsked by April 11, 2021 11:57 amonAnswered by the admin
<2% WSC, <3% Starch
Can you use Visceral with Suceed ulcer treatment??
Q Can you use Visceral with Suceed ulcer treatment?? answer nowAsked by April 8, 2021 11:53 amonAnswered by the admin
You could use them together, but this is not necessary. You would just need Visceral+.
Can I feed Visceral+ with Optimum Probiotics or Optimum Digestive Health?
Q Can I feed Visceral+ with Optimum Probiotics or Optimum Digestive Health? answer nowAsked by March 16, 2021 8:29 pmonAnswered by the admin There's no need to supplement with Optimum Probiotics or Optimum Digestive Health if you are feeding the full rate of Visceral+ as it contains probiotics and many of the ingredients in ODH. Once you are seeing improvements in your horse after 2-3 months of Visceral+, we recommend transitioning to either of these products to maintain hindgut health.
Is there a loading dose followed by a maintenance dose?
Q Is there a loading dose followed by a maintenance dose? answer nowAsked by March 16, 2021 8:26 pmonAnswered by the admin No, you can begin with the full serving size (80 grams) on the first day. We recommend continuing at this rate for 2-3 months before reassessing and potentially lowering the serving size.
If I would like to take my horse off Visceral, do I need to gradually taper off?
Q If I would like to take my horse off Visceral, do I need to gradually taper off? answer nowAsked by March 16, 2021 8:23 pmonAnswered by the admin No, you can just stop feeding it. There will be no negative effect.
What is the difference between Visceral+ and Optimum Digestive Health?
Q What is the difference between Visceral+ and Optimum Digestive Health? answer nowAsked by March 16, 2021 8:17 pmonAnswered by the admin Visceral+ is a product that is targeted towards supporting gastric health, and it also contains bacterial probiotics and other 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 fibre fermentation 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.
Can Visceral be split between 2 servings per day?
Q Can Visceral be split between 2 servings per day? answer nowAsked by March 16, 2021 8:12 pmonAnswered by the admin Yes, you can split Visceral between 2 feedings, this will not affect the efficacy of the supplement
Is there anything in Visceral+ that will cause a horse to test positive in competition?
Q Is there anything in Visceral+ that will cause a horse to test positive in competition? answer nowAsked by March 16, 2021 8:08 pmonAnswered by the admin No, all ingredients in Visceral are safe for competition. We have thousands of competition horses on the product.
Can Visceral+ be fed together with Tri-Acta H.A?
- Should I be feeding Visceral+ year-round or only until symptoms have passed?
Q Should I be feeding Visceral+ year-round or only until symptoms have passed? answer nowAsked by March 16, 2021 8:00 pmonAnswered by the admin For horses with gastric upset, we recommend Visceral+, which can be used effectively during and following omeprazole treatment. We recommend feeding Visceral+ for a minimum of two months before re-assessing. It contains probiotics and nutrients that support tissue healing. A lower cost option for gut health maintenance would be our Optimum Digestive Health (ODH) Pellets. ODH also contains probiotics, however it lacks some of the ingredients to support horses with ulcers. It works by stabilizing the gut flora and promoting nutrient absorption, both of which help to support gut health.
Can Visceral+ be used in horses that have never had ulcers?
Q Can Visceral+ be used in horses that have never had ulcers? answer nowAsked by March 16, 2021 7:47 pmonAnswered by the admin Yes, Visceral+ can be used even if you don't suspect ulcers as a complete GI tract supplement. It contains high levels of probiotics, medicinal herbs, prebiotic substances and toxin binders to support optimal gastric and hindgut health. When the hindgut bacteria and tissues are healthy and functioning well, then it's much easier for horses to gain weight, muscle mass and feel their best!
Can Visceral+ be used in horses that have never had ulcers?
Q Can Visceral+ be used in horses that have never had ulcers? answer nowAsked by March 16, 2021 7:41 pmonAnswered by the admin
Yes, Visceral+ is a comprehensive product providing total gut support, so even if they do not have gastric ulcers, Visceral+ is a highly beneficial product to use to support gut health
Can Visceral help with fecal water syndrome?
Q Can Visceral help with fecal water syndrome? answer nowAsked by March 16, 2021 7:33 pmonAnswered by the admin Fecal water syndrome can be difficult to resolve, but we have had many customers use Visceral+ with good success. It 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. We recommend a course of 2-3 months on the full 80 gram dose, and then re-assess from there. Usually the horse can transition to Optimum Digestive Health after Visceral+ to help maintain a balanced digestive system.
How is the 20 kg amount of the product packaged? Is it four of the 5 kg tubs? Thanks!
Q How is the 20 kg amount of the product packaged? Is it four of the 5 kg tubs? Thanks! answer nowAsked by March 11, 2021 7:56 pmonAnswered by the admin Hi Emma, The 20 KG size comes in a large feed bag.
How much actual protein is in Visceral+? It isn't broken out in the analysis - I need to carefully balance the protein for my PSSM2/IR/PPID horse, so I need to know how much to cut back on added protein if I start him on this product.
Q How much actual protein is in Visceral+? It isn't broken out in the analysis - I need to carefull...... Read more answer nowAsked by February 26, 2021 6:19 pmonAnswered by the admin
The amount of protein in Visceral+ is negligible, do not consider it in your calculations for total protein contribution in the diet.
Is Visceral+ safe to give in conjunction with Sucralfate? Will it alter the pharmacokinetics of Sucralfate?
- My gelding has been on Visceral for 3 months. He is now eating his manure. His diet: Alfpha+local, rice bran & balancer + camilla oil X 2 per day. Visceral mornings 1 heaping scoop. he is around 1100 to 1200 Lbs. Breed-QH I was told to now feed probiotic! is Visceral not already a probiotic?
Q My gelding has been on Visceral for 3 months. He is now eating his manure. His diet: Alfpha+local...... Read more answer nowAsked by January 16, 2021 12:53 pmonAnswered by the admin
Julie - you do not need to add a probiotic, Visceral+ already contains probiotics. The best thing to do is send your total diet information to us at [email protected], please include the amounts fed by weight and let us have a look at it. The number one reason for consuming manure is lack of forage, do you have a good handle on how much forage your horse is consuming?
I’m currently feeding Omneity and love how my mare is looking, however for the last 6 months she’s been super spooky and stressed, she coliced last winter and this winter again ( just yesterday actually) my vet seems to think ulcers could be the case for the colic & high strung-ness. She wants to test her for ulcers and proceed with gastro guard. Could visceral help with the colic? Would I start gastro guard and then the visceral half way through treatment and then for 2 months after? Thank you !!
Q I’m currently feeding Omneity and love how my mare is looking, however for the last 6 months she’...... Read more answer nowAsked by December 22, 2020 2:50 pmonAnswered by the admin
Always follow the advice of your veterinarian. Yes, you can start Visceral+ near the end of GastroGard treatment and carry on for a month or two after and assess whether it needs to be maintained or can be removed. You should also make sure your horse is consuming enough salt. It is common in Winter for water intake to drop, especially if not enough salt is being fed. Add at least one ounce per day and provide loose free choice salt.
My horse is allergic to oats based on a blood test. I see that Visceral contains oat hulls. Is there a way to get this product without the oat hulls? Thank you!
- I just ordered Visceral+ for my mare she refuses to eat it even with grain. I have given her Visceral+ in the past and did not have any issues feeding it to her. Do you have any recommendations?
Q I just ordered Visceral+ for my mare she refuses to eat it even with grain. I have given her Visc...... Read more answer nowAsked by June 11, 2020 9:27 amonA
We have some tips and tricks for introducing a new supplement to your horse on our blog post. The tip that has worked the best is hand feeding a combination of oats and molasses from your hand and slipping a few pellets in after you've done that a few times.
Is Visceral+ safe for a pregnant mare?
Q Is Visceral+ safe for a pregnant mare? answer nowAsked by June 7, 2020 7:54 amonA
Visceral+ has not been tested in pregnant or lactating mares. Therefore, as per regulations we cannot advise that you can feed it to pregnant or lactating mares.
Can I give Visceral to a yearling?
Q Can I give Visceral to a yearling? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:58 pmonAnswered by the admin Yes, you can feed Visceral+ to a yearling. It contains completely natural ingredients. Simply adjust the dosage to your horse's bodyweight.
I am looking at your Visceral + and I am wondering if there is a loading dose and then it's continued at a lower dosage as maintenance? Or is it possible to feed until improvement is seen and then stop?
Q I am looking at your Visceral + and I am wondering if there is a loading dose and then it's conti...... Read more answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:58 pmonAnswered by the admin We do not recommend a loading dose, in fact we usually suggest starting at a lower dose to ensure acceptance and then increasing to the recommended dosage. I honestly think a loading dose is often recommended just to sell more product, not because it's actually helpful. In terms of stopping, that is highly dependent on the situation. For example, if the ulcer is induced because of showing, for example, then it would be best to maintain the horse on Visceral+ for the entirety of the show season as a preventative. If it is a one off situation that likely caused the issue, such as changing barns, then one to two months of treatment is probably sufficient. I wouldn't stop as soon as you see improvement though, give it at least a month. Depending on the severity of the ulcer, they can take months to heal completely.
Will anything in Visceral+ test positive FEI classes?
Q Will anything in Visceral+ test positive FEI classes? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:58 pmonAnswered by the admin There is absolutely nothing in Visceral+ that will cause a positive test.
Is there enough DHA in Visceral to not have to supplement with other omega-3 fatty acids?
Q Is there enough DHA in Visceral to not have to supplement with other omega-3 fatty acids? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:58 pmonAnswered by the admin There typically is enough essential fatty acids in the base diet to meet the horses requirement. It depends on what you are trying to achieve if you would consider supplementing more. For example, the amount of DHA in Visceral+ is unlikely to provide a big benefit to joint health, although there will be some, but in general we would recommend a higher dose if reducing joint pain was the goal.
I'm thinking of ordering 20 kg of Visceral for one horse so that would last eight months. Is the shelf life good for that length of time?
- Should I give my horse their Visceral+ all at one time or split into two feedings?
Q Should I give my horse their Visceral+ all at one time or split into two feedings? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:58 pmonAnswered by the admin Both methods of feeding are effective so it is really your preference as to how you feed. When starting out, you may find that your horse prefers a smaller amount split between feedings.
Are you able to ship the large 20 kg bags of Visceral+ through the post office as well?
Q Are you able to ship the large 20 kg bags of Visceral+ through the post office as well? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:58 pmonAnswered by the admin Yes, we can ship the large bags of Visceral+ anywhere you need them to be shipped.
My horse has been on visceral for 3 months now. I’m nearing the end of the second pail. I would love to keep him on a ulcer preventing supplement but unsure of which one to actually get.
Q My horse has been on visceral for 3 months now. I’m nearing the end of the second pail. I would l...... Read more answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:57 pmonAnswered by the admin We have many customers who keep their horses on Visceral+ on an on-going basis as it is proven to prevent ulcers. We also have another supplement Optimum Digestive Health Pellets that some people switch to after they are done with using Visceral+. It is a general gut health product.
How long should you feed your horse Visceral?
Q How long should you feed your horse Visceral? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:57 pmonAnswered by the admin Our Visceral+ ulcer care supplement is recommended to be used for two months in horses that have ulcers. After that, you can continue to feed it as a preventative against the development of future ulcers or you can consider our Optimum Digestive Health supplement which supports general gut health.
What is the daily dosage of Visceral? How long will a 5kg pail last a 1200 lb horse?
Q What is the daily dosage of Visceral? How long will a 5kg pail last a 1200 lb horse? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:57 pmonAnswered by the admin The daily recommended dose is 80 grams. A 5 kg pail will last ~ 2 months for the average 1200 lb horse.
Is it safe to give my horse Visceral+ at the same time as Gastrogaurd paste?
Q Is it safe to give my horse Visceral+ at the same time as Gastrogaurd paste? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:57 pmonAnswered by the admin Our Visceral+ supplement is formulated to be safe for use with Gastroguard. You could start your horse on it now so that when you wean off this medication your horse will still be protected.
I'm worried my picky horse will not eat Visceral+. Can I return the product if he doesn't eat it?
Q I'm worried my picky horse will not eat Visceral+. Can I return the product if he doesn't eat it? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:57 pmonAnswered by the admin We've managed to get even the pickiest eaters to eat Visceral+. Start with a small amount and it shouldn't be an issue. IF you do have issues, we will take care of it. You need to order directly from us though, shipping is free.
I currently am feeding the Omneity and I have a horse that I think could benefit from Visceral+. Can I just switch the two? Or do I feed both supplements?
Q I currently am feeding the Omneity and I have a horse that I think could benefit from Visceral+. ...... Read more answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:57 pmonAnswered by the admin You should feed them both together. Omneity is a vitamin and mineral supplement designed to meet your horse's core nutritonal needs. It should always be given to ensure vit/min requirements are met.
I have a horse coming off Gastroguard in a couple of weeks. He was scoped and had one active ulcer in the first stomach. It has been recommended to me to put him on Visceral for a few months, starting last week of Gastroguard. Can you tell me more?
Q I have a horse coming off Gastroguard in a couple of weeks. He was scoped and had one active ulce...... Read more answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:57 pmonAnswered by the admin Visceral+ was actually originally developed to be used in conjuction with Gastrogard to reduce the incidence of ulcer re-occurence after treatment. What we have subsequently found, is that Visceral+ is extremely effective on its own for ulcers.
My horse isn't touching his Visceral+. What can I do?
Q My horse isn't touching his Visceral+. What can I do? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:56 pmonAnswered by the admin Give your horse a bit of grain in the hand for a few feedings and then slide the Visceral+ in underneath the grain. Do that a couple times, even if he refuses or spits the first couple out. Generally, horses quite like Visceral+. It just has a foreign smell to them, so they can be a bit picky about starting. But that trick has always worked for me.
Should I take my horse off omneity while I feed visceral? Or feed them together?
Q Should I take my horse off omneity while I feed visceral? Or feed them together? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:56 pmonAnswered by the admin Omneity is a complete vitamin and mineral, and so your horse should ideally always be on it to ensure optimal health and hoof quality. You can feed Omneity and Visceral+ together.
I have a horse who gets ulcers when he stresses. He is super nervous every time we take him out of where he is boarded at a local rance. Can Visceral+ help?
Q I have a horse who gets ulcers when he stresses. He is super nervous every time we take him out o...... Read more answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:56 pmonAnswered by the admin Visceral+ would be a great addition for him to help soothe any ulcers that he may have. Imbalances in the diet can also certainly cause excitability, so ruling out any deficiencies would help as well. In order to do a full analysis, it would be good to know what he is currently being fed. Does he have access to hay 24/7? Does he have access to paddock mates? Social isolation can cause significant stress and have a negative effect on behaviour as well. Removal from the herd is always a stressful event, training, time and patience will help with stress reaction and Visceral+ can help maintain his insides.
What can I do to get my picky horse to start eating Visceral+?
Q What can I do to get my picky horse to start eating Visceral+? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:56 pmonAnswered by the admin We have managed to get the pickiest of eaters to start eating their Visceral+ pellets. Sometimes, it can require patients. Try taking a bit of grain they really like or just a bit of oats mixed with molasses. Give them a small amount to eat out of the palm of your hand. Feed that to them a couple of times and then slip a few Visceral+ pellets in underneath. Even if they reject it at first, try again. Once they get on it should be no problem to get them to eat moving forward.
My horse is currently taking Visceral+. Can I feed magnesium at the same time?
Q My horse is currently taking Visceral+. Can I feed magnesium at the same time? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:56 pmonAnswered by the admin Visceral+ contains a high amount of magnesium, so you won't need to supplement on top of that so long as you are feeding a vitamin and mineral product or ration balancer as well at the correct rate. If you are not currently feeding a mineral and vitamin supplement, we recommend all horses who use Visceral+ to be on our Omneity forage balancer as well.
I have started my ulcer prone mare on Visceral + and I love it. I'm wondering if she can have Omneity at the same time?
Q I have started my ulcer prone mare on Visceral + and I love it. I'm wondering if she can have Omn...... Read more answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:56 pmonAnswered by the admin It is absolutely fine to feed Visceral+ with Omneity. Many of our customers combine the two products for best results.
Do you carry Gastrogaurd?
Q Do you carry Gastrogaurd? answer nowAsked by June 1, 2020 8:55 pmonAnswered by the admin No we don't carry GastroGard - you can only obtain it from a veterinarian. However, our ulcer support supplement Visceral+ is completely natural and proven to work for treating and preventing gastric ulcers.
Hello, I was wondering if there is any issue with feeding vit E and equine super diet with visceral+? Thank you in advanced
Q Hello, I was wondering if there is any issue with feeding vit E and equine super diet with viscer...... Read more answer nowAsked by April 27, 2020 1:30 pmonAnswered by the admin
There is no issue with feeding Visceral+ in conjunction with those products. Feel free to check out Omneity - Equine Mineral and Vitamin as well, for complete mineral and vitamin solution.
Is Visceral+ safe to feed to my filly?
Q Is Visceral+ safe to feed to my filly? answer nowAsked by March 21, 2020 12:04 pmonAnswered by the admin Visceral+ is safe to feed to young horses. The recommended dose is 1 scoop daily for a 500 kg horse. The one scoop can be split into two feedings if you feed twice per day. Visceral+ would be a great choice. It will assist in the healing of any stomach ulcers she may have, and also support overall gut health. This is very important for growing horses.
I want to try Visceral+ for my ulcer-prone horse, but I'm worried he wont eat it because he is so picky.
Q I want to try Visceral+ for my ulcer-prone horse, but I'm worried he wont eat it because he is so...... Read more answer nowAsked by March 21, 2020 12:04 pmonAnswered by the admin We've managed to get even the pickiest eaters to eat Visceral+. Start with a small amount and it shouldn't be an issue. If you do have issues, we provide a money-back guarantee to make sure you are satisfied with the product.
Has the Visceral+ been used successfully with glandular ulcers as well?
Q Has the Visceral+ been used successfully with glandular ulcers as well? answer nowAsked by March 21, 2020 12:03 pmonAnswered by the admin Yes, Visceral+ can assist in healing glandular gastric ulcers. This supplement can accelerate healing and help you wean your horse off of gastroguard and sucralfate.
How long does a 5 kg tub of Visceral+ last if I am giving one scoop to a horse once a day?
Q How long does a 5 kg tub of Visceral+ last if I am giving one scoop to a horse once a day? answer nowAsked by March 21, 2020 12:00 pmonAnswered by the admin The 5 kg tub will last for 60 days for 1 horse if feeding 80 grams per day.
What other steps should I consider to prevent/treat ulcers in my horse alongside using Visceral+?
Q What other steps should I consider to prevent/treat ulcers in my horse alongside using Visceral+? answer nowAsked by March 21, 2020 11:59 amonAnswered by the admin The recommendations for healing ulcers include free choice hay, inclusion of alfalfa at ~10-20% of forage (assuming it does not cause any imbalance in the diet), and plenty of turnout with forage. It is also important to keep horses in the same social group. Regrouping causes stress and has been implicated in ulcers. You should also limit grain meals to 1 kg max and feed a diet preferably limited in sugars and starch. You can also add an omega-3 oil like our w-3 oil supplement as well as this will help coat the stomach and protect against inflammation. It's also important to take Visceral+ for the full recommended amount of time which is 2 months. One 5 kg pail will last 2 months. For difficult cases, it can take longer to heal depending on the severity and location of ulcers.
Do you still offer Visceral+ in a paste form?
Q Do you still offer Visceral+ in a paste form? answer nowAsked by March 21, 2020 11:59 amonAnswered by the admin We can provide you with Visceral+ in paste form by way of a special order. The price is $19.00. The dose really depends on severity of the issue. Typically we recommend 40 cc before an event and 40 cc after. 20-40 cc would be a maintenance dose, but the pellets are a more economical way to provide for daily maintenance.
Is it okay to give Visceral+ pellets in cubes that are soaking or should the pellets be fed dry?
Q Is it okay to give Visceral+ pellets in cubes that are soaking or should the pellets be fed dry? answer nowAsked by March 21, 2020 11:58 amonAnswered by the admin It's perfectly ok to put the pellets in with soaked cubes.
My horse has been on Visceral+ for several months and seems to be stable and comfortable without ongoing problems with ulcers. What is the best way to stop feeding Visceral+? Should I wean off gradually or can I stop it all at once?
Q My horse has been on Visceral+ for several months and seems to be stable and comfortable without ...... Read more answer nowAsked by March 21, 2020 11:58 amonAnswered by the admin Weaning off is always better. We recommend lowering the dosage over a week to stop feeding. You may want to consider our Optimum Digestive Health or Optimum Probiotic supplement to maintain digestive health on an on-going basis.
Horse with history of Pyloric ulcers? Would Visceral+ be best for him?
Q Horse with history of Pyloric ulcers? Would Visceral+ be best for him? answer nowAsked by March 5, 2020 10:03 amonAnswered by the admin Pyloric ulcers are tough - often times they result from using Omeprazole for too long. There can be bile reflux from the small intestine and it eats away at the stomach lining. None of the horses we tested Visceral+ with had ulcers in the glandular region, so we can't say if it will be successful. Pyloric ulcers will take much longer to heal, but Visceral+ should definitely help.
Would the pelleted version of Visceral+ be compromised at all/less effective if fed soaked and/or ground up into a powder?
Q Would the pelleted version of Visceral+ be compromised at all/less effective if fed soaked and/or...... Read more answer nowAsked by August 30, 2019 4:34 amonAnswered by the admin Visceral+ pellets are fine to feed soaked. Start with a small dose as getting it wet will alter the flavour of the mash. You can grind the pellets as well. Be forewarned that it will be sticky, so if you were to use a coffee grinder it will likely leave a coating that will be hard to get off.
What is the right way to start my horse on Visceral+?
Q What is the right way to start my horse on Visceral+? answer nowAsked by August 30, 2019 4:32 amonAnswered by the admin If you have been treating with Omeprazole and sucralfate, then start your horse on the Visceral+ pellets and wean off the pharmaceutical, so you have overlap for at least a week.
Is Visceral+ effective for hind gut ulcers?
Q Is Visceral+ effective for hind gut ulcers? answer nowAsked by August 30, 2019 4:30 amonAnswered by the admin Visceral+ also covers the hindgut as well. The main active ingredients are intended for gastric ulcers, but given hindgut issues are often presented simultaneously, we included ingredients to cover the entire gut.
Can Visceral+ help with a horse who is cribbing?
Q Can Visceral+ help with a horse who is cribbing? answer nowAsked by August 30, 2019 4:27 amonAnswered by the admin There is a high probability that if your horse cribs, it has ulcers, which usually causes them to crib more. Visceral+ could help if the cribbing is related to ulcers. Visceral+ is proven to heal gastric ulcers and improve overall gut health and may reduce the cribbing.
I introduced the Visceral+ pellets to my horse and cannot get him to eat them. What do you recommend?
Q I introduced the Visceral+ pellets to my horse and cannot get him to eat them. What do you recomm...... Read more answer nowAsked by August 27, 2019 2:46 pmonAnswered by the admin When first starting to feed Visceral+, it may be best to add just a few pellets at a time. Generally horses like the taste, but because it has a foreign smell it can take them a while to get used to it.
I have a horse with hind gut problems. Do you recommend Visceral+ or Optimum Digestive Health?
Q I have a horse with hind gut problems. Do you recommend Visceral+ or Optimum Digestive Health? answer nowAsked by August 24, 2019 3:02 pmonAnswered by the admin If you are confident that the problem is in the hindgut, then Optimum Digestive Health is your best bet. However, if there is any hint of an ulcer, go with Visceral+.
What would be the Visceral+ dose for a 1200 pound horse?
Q What would be the Visceral+ dose for a 1200 pound horse? answer nowAsked by August 24, 2019 2:59 pmonAnswered by the admin The recommended serving size for a horse of this weight is 80 grams per day (1 provided scoop), but you can try a slightly higher amount if you feel it is needed. Ideally, split the feeding into 1/2 scoop AM and PM.
Can I mix Visceral+ with Omeprazole?
Q Can I mix Visceral+ with Omeprazole? answer nowAsked by August 24, 2019 2:57 pmonAnswered by the admin Yes, you can combine usage of Visceral+ with Omeprazole (Prilosec/Losec). If this is effective, I would encourage you to wean off the Omeprazole gradually over a couple of weeks and see if the horse can be maintained on Visceral+ alone.
Why does Visceral+ not contain calcium, a known buffer?
Q Why does Visceral+ not contain calcium, a known buffer? answer nowAsked by August 24, 2019 2:51 pmonAnswered by the admin Technically speaking, calcium is not a buffer - calcium carbonate and calcium hydroxide are buffers, and calcium chloride would be an acidifier. It's the anion attached to the calcium that dictates whether it is basic (buffer) or acidic. We don't include it because it's not all that effective for what we are trying to do. Buffers obviously buffer stomach acid, but the effect is very short term and done too often has the opposite intended effect and will actually increase total acid production. The stomach is meant to be acidic, so the body tries to keep it that way. Visceral+ works with the body to help heal ulcers and also provides benefits for the hindgut.
How quickly can I expect to start seeing results after I give Visceral+ to my horse? Do I keep my horse on this permanently or just for a certain period of time?
Q How quickly can I expect to start seeing results after I give Visceral+ to my horse? Do I keep my...... Read more answer nowAsked by August 24, 2019 1:18 pmonAnswered by the admin That depends on the individual circumstances regarding your horse. Typically, people see a response within a week, but it may take much longer than that to achieve full healing. In regards to how long to keep your horse on this, again it depends on individual factors. If what caused the ulcer in the first place is still occurring, then yes the horse will have to stay on the product for the best results. If the environment/condition that caused the ulcer is changed/removed than you should be able to stop once the ulcer is healed.
How exactly does Visceral+ work? Is it a proton pump inhibitor? Is it an acid reducer? Does it coat the stomach lining?
Q How exactly does Visceral+ work? Is it a proton pump inhibitor? Is it an acid reducer? Does it co...... Read more answer nowAsked by August 24, 2019 1:16 pmonAnswered by the admin Visceral+ is a combination of things. It is absolutely not a proton pump inhibitor or acid reducer. Although these treatments do provide relief and possibly allow healing by suppressing stomach acid production, when treatment ceases recurrence rates are very high due to acid rebound (higher than normal production of acid). Visceral+ takes a multifaceted approach to ulcers, providing ingredients that 1) provide relief of the pain, 2) stimulate the cells in the gut to increase rate of turnover, 3) increase mucin production - to provide enhanced protection of the gut, 4) provide the nutrients needed for cellular renewal, 5) to allow adhesion to the ulcer so the ingredients reach their target and 6) provide total gut protection, as often ulcers may be present in the hind gut or hind gut dysfunction induced from stress, diet or the use of proton pump inhibitors or buffers.
Can the daily dose be split into two feedings or is it best to serve supplements in a single feeding?
- Is it safe to give Visceral+ to a horse that currently has ulcers or do the ulcers have to be fully treated before starting this product?
Q Is it safe to give Visceral+ to a horse that currently has ulcers or do the ulcers have to be ful...... Read more answer nowAsked by August 24, 2019 12:46 pmonAnswered by the admin Yes, it is safe to use in a horse with current ulcers. That is what it is most commonly used for. It can also be used following a medicated course of treatment for ulcers to help reduce the likelihood of their recurrence.
Is using a probiotic still necessary when feeding Visceral+?
Q Is using a probiotic still necessary when feeding Visceral+? answer nowAsked by August 20, 2019 4:00 pmonAnswered by the admin Visceral+ on its own is sufficient as this product already contains probiotic ingredients. There is also a lot of overlap with the Optimum Digestive Health, so I would not suggest feeding the two together. If you need a little extra digestive support, you can increase the dose of Visceral+ or add Visceral+ Paste during particularly stressful events. Some of our customers do add Optimum Probiotics to obtain a higher dose.
How long should you feed Visceral+ to your horse?
Q How long should you feed Visceral+ to your horse? answer nowAsked by August 20, 2019 3:54 pmonAnswered by the admin We recommend a minimum of 2 months of using Visceral+ in a horse with ulcers. After this time, you can experiment with reducing the dose or removing the supplement from the diet. The ideal duration of use depends on the situation, severity of ulcer and what caused it to occur. Many horses in competition have to be on it all the time to prevent ulcers from recurring.
How many mgs of L-Glutamine are in your Visceral+ product.
Q How many mgs of L-Glutamine are in your Visceral+ product. answer nowAsked by August 20, 2019 3:52 pmonAnswered by the admin The milligrams of glutamine and our other active ingredients are listed on the product label. Visceral+ contains 5,000 mg per serving of l-glutamine.
Are there any side effects with Visceral+?
Q Are there any side effects with Visceral+? answer nowAsked by August 13, 2019 5:56 amonAnswered by the admin There are no known side effects for Visceral+. This supplement is formulated with safe, natural ingredients and is well tolerated by horses.
Which other Mad Barn products should Visceral+ be stacked with for best results?
Q Which other Mad Barn products should Visceral+ be stacked with for best results? answer nowAsked by August 13, 2019 5:54 amonAnswered by the admin The best products to use with Visceral+ will depend on your individual supplementation goals for your horse. For general health and well-being, we recommend using with our Omneity Equine Mineral and Vitamin supplement and W-3 Oil Essential Fatty Acids. For performance horses, we recommend combining with Performance XL: Athletic Formula and Performance XL: Electrolytes. For particularly troublesome cases of ulcers or other digestive complaints, additional concentrated probiotics from our Optimum Probiotic may be beneficial.
Where can I purchase the liquid form of this product?
Q Where can I purchase the liquid form of this product? answer nowAsked by August 13, 2019 5:54 amonAnswered by the admin The liquid form of Visceral is not available to be purchased online. If you are interested in this product, please contact us directly.
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