A Novel Approach to Balancing the Equine Digestive Microflora for Improved Health and Soundness



The equine digestive microbiome has become an area of interest in recent research, attempting to determine if connections exist with other health and lameness concerns.  In human research, a large amount of data has been produced regarding the health of the digestive microbiome and implications on overall health and quality of life in the individual.  The microbiome is essentially an organ system, composed of hundreds of species of bacteria, protozoa, and fungal organisms that play a direct role in digestion of food, but also play a major role in cellular signaling, cognitive function, and inflammation. When this microbiome is out of balance, problems can quickly develop and can be life threatening on many levels.  Ultimately, considering the vastness of the equine digestive microbiome and potential connections with conditions ranging from metabolic concerns, to laminitis, joint health, emotional disturbances, and digestive upset, functional solutions are being investigated.


In this recent research trial, Nouvelle Research, Inc., conducted a small trial of 16 horses, evaluating the use of a proprietary blend of herbal concentrated extracts and their impact on the overgrowth of lactic acid bacteria in fecal samples.


As a part of the trial, the patient’s feces were cultured before and 14 days after initiating the herbal supplement, with no further changes in their diet or overall regimen.


The end result, after 14 days, indicated that each patient demonstrated a reduction in lactic acid bacteria counts in their feces, which correlates with an improved overall microbiome balance to the hindgut.  Due to this positive shift in the microbiome, each patient demonstrated clinical improvement on various levels from an improved soundness, to energy, to increased hoof growth and sole exfoliation.


This novel approach is utilizing past research and therapy options that have been conducted or utilized in traditional cultures of medicine to support and enhance digestion.  The concentrated herbal extracts appear to be well tolerated and accepted in the horse, and could be used along with other supplement regimens potentially.


For more information on the research trial, further details, and results, please visit:



To inquire further, please contact Dr. Tom Schell via email at tschelldvm@gmail.com