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Gastro-Coat 1Kg

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A supplement to promote healing of gastric irritation in horses


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The natural, drug-free supplement to prevent or heal gastric irritation in horses.

Gastro-Coat™ has a specific role in the management and prevention of gastric ulcers (EGUS) in working horses. Gastro-Coat™ helps buffer gastric acid and prevent gastric irritation in horses. Gastro-Coat™ includes ingredients with roles that benefit digestive function within the stomach and upper small intestine.

Gastro-Coat™ helps proper digestive function in horses:

  • Provides natural mucilage and phospholipid compounds to help the action of chewing and salivation to encourage normal gastric and upper intestinal function.
  • Buffer gastric acid and provide a thick, sticky mucus layer to protect irritated areas of the stomach and small intestine from gastric acid burn.
  • Includes a natural source of nucleotides to support healing of ulcerated areas of the stomach and small intestine.
  • Helps maintain the appetite in hard working and travelling horses.
  • Gastro-Coat™ does NOT contain prohibited compounds, such as slippery elm powder.

Symptoms of Gastric Irritation and Gastric Ulcers:

  • Girthiness, "sour" and unco-operative behaviour.
  • Picky or slow eating, the horse often eats a few mouthfuls then walks away from the feed bin.
  • Unsettled behaviour when exercising or travelling in a horse box.
  • Agitation, reluctance to stand quietly, shuffling and constantly moving around.
Hope

Hope's Story

Many owners have experienced a horse like ‘Hope’, a high-spirited but “girthy”, sour and picky, slow eating mare with great potential but a real handling problem. Her owners were frustrated with Hope’s difficult behaviour, even a paddock rest couldn’t cure her girthy, unsettled nature.

A gastro-intestinal scope at Sydney University revealed that Hope had multiple Grade 2 gastric ulcers. We recommended a treatment plan that included regular training and her usual diet of grains and white chaff. A key change to Hope’s normal routine was a pre-exercise feed of lucerne chaff and Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™, our natural feed supplement with mucilages and phospholipids, which helps saliva production and buffers gastric acid. This routine was followed for 3 weeks and another scope at the end of the study showed that Hope’s ulcers were all healed, with no further ulceration to her stomach lining.

Gastric Ulcers

Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ helped Hope naturally heal her gastric ulcers whilst maintaining her training and regular routine. Her appetite and girthy behaviour improved dramatically within the first week of the treatment and by the end of the program it was clear that Hope was a much happier horse that could be handled with ease !

If you have a horse like Hope, then try Gastro-Coat™– the natural, drug-free alternative with proven results. Gastro-Coat™ has multiple actions; it improves saliva production, maintains optimum digestive conditions, provides a protective layer against acid burn in the gastro-intestinal tract and supports the appetite in hard working and competition horses.

Above: Hope being given Gastro-Coat™

 

The beneficial mucilage and phospholipids in Gastro-Coat™ are inherently low in feed mixes containing grains and protein meals in ready-mixed and stable-mixed feeds fed to horses in training. High grains feeds have reduced muciliage compounds as heat processing of grains damages these natural compounds. Thus, Gastro-Coat™ is recommended as a supplement for horses fed high grain or protein diets.

After 5-7 days of supplementation with Gastro-Coat™ in a small feed before exercise, most horses with a history of gastric ulcers, or pain from gastric irritation, will regain their normal temperament and appetite.

 

Directions for Use

 

Gastro-Coat™ contains natural mucilage compounds which help saliva in maintaining normal physiological and optimum digestive conditions within the stomach and upper small intestine of horses. These compounds are inherently low in feed mixes containing grains and protein meals in ready-mixed and stable-mixed feeds fed to horses in training. Heat processing of grains further damages the natural mucilages which help to maintain optimum conditions for digestion. When supplemented in the feed, natural mucilages may help the action of chewing and salivation to maintain normal gastric and upper intestinal function.


Gastro-Coat™ can be given with rations based on prepared feeds and home-mixed rations alike – it is economical and simple to use.


There are 3 ways to administer Gastro-Coat™ to horses in training.

  • 1. Mix it with crumbled alfalfa cubes as a small feed before training each morning.
    Research studies have shown that horses which are worked daily on an empty stomach after the previous night’s feed, are more prone to develop gastric acid ‘burns’, stomach wall irritation and ulcers due to stomach acid ‘splash’ on the upper, unprotected lining of the stomach during exercise. Provide a small feed of 4 litres of crumbled alfalfa cubes (which also contain natural mucilages and buffers), along with 3-4 scoopsful of Gastro-Coat™ and 2 scoopsful (Gastro-Coat™ sized scoopsful) of powdered limestone (acid neutralizing) given 30 minutes before training each day for a 500 to 600 kg horse. It has been shown that it can maintain normal stomach conditions if started when a horse first comes into work and given on a daily basis in training. Proportionally smaller amounts can be given to galloways and ponies - 1 litre crumbled alfalfa cubes, 1 scoopful Gastro-Coat™ and 2 teaspoonsful powdered limestone per 100 kg bodyweight 30 minutes before exercise.
 
  • 2. By oral syringe over the tongue (this is a supplement - not a medicine dose by syringe).
    Gastro-Coat™ is formulated to quickly go ‘gluggy’ when mixed in vegetable oil. In the 5-10 minute period before saddling up to go onto the track or working area each morning, add 3 scoopsful Gastro-Coat™ to 6 scoopfulls of vegetable oil, mix it into a ‘slurry’ with the nozzle of an oral dosing syringe, draw it into the syringe and administer it over the tongue. Add more oil if necessary to maintain the slurry and deposit it over the tongue until the full amount is given. Make it up at the horse just before giving it over the tongue, otherwise it may be hard to eject from the syringe. This will provide a physical coating of natural mucilages on the sensitive lining of the stomach and help maintain normal gastric conditions. In a very ‘picky’ or slow eater, give another dose over the tongue on return to the yard or stables just prior to giving the morning feed. After a week of this extra dosing, most horses will begin to eat normally and lick clean.
     
  • 3. As a topping on the meal after training each day.
    Once Gastro-Coat™ has helped to maintain a more consistent normal appetite in a horse with a history of gastric ulcers or ‘picky’ eating in hard training and after competition, it can be sprinkled over the feed.

    Mix 4-5 scoopsful of Gastro-Coat™ into a small amount of crumbled alfalfa cubes as a topping on the morning feed after exercise, to help provide natural mucilages for normal salivation and natural stomach buffering.
     
PONIES (250 - 300kg): Half the above dose rates.

GASTRO-COAT


A Dietary Supplement of Natural Compounds for the Gastro-Intestinal Tract of Horses.

 

Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ contains natural mucilage compounds which have a role in saliva to help in maintaining normal physiological and optimum digestive conditions within the stomach and upper small intestine of horses. 
 

These compounds are inherently low in feed mixes containing grains and protein meals used to make up ready-mixed and home-mixed feeds fed to horses in training. Heat processing of grains further damages the natural mucilages which normally help to maintain optimum conditions for digestion. When supplemented in the feed, natural mucilages may help the action of chewing and salivation to maintain normal gastric and upper intestinal function. 
 

Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™, when added as a supplement to mixes containing grains and hay, helps to maintain the appetite and natural digestive function of all horses. It can be given with rations based on prepared feeds and home-mixed rations alike – it is economical and simple to use.

 

Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ is not a drug medication or a treatment for gastric ulcers in horses. When supplemented in the feed, it provides natural mucilages for the normal function of saliva which protects the gastro-intestinal tract.  .  Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ has a similar consistency to sticky ‘saliva’, which naturally adheres to the upper stomach and intestinal wall and is resistant to normal acid digestion.


 

Q.     What signs indicate that a supplement of natural mucilages may be beneficial?

A.     Many horses suffer digestive discomfort during and after exercise and when travelling, especially during longer trips where they are not given feed containing adequate mucilage as their stomach empties. This can lead to symptoms of poor appetite and ‘picky eating’ after exercise or competition. Many horses also develop abnormal and unsettled behaviour due to this discomfort if they do not have access to feed containing adequate mucilage compounds.

         Show, Reining Horses, Lead-in Horses, Hunters and Pleasure Horses ‘Good at Home – Bad Away’.

Many competition and equestrian horse owners observe that a horse is ‘good at home’ and behaves well, without being restless, but after transport (usually more than an hour in duration), or at a competition, the horse becomes more restless, with obvious discomfort. The horse is often reluctant to reload into the horsebox for the return trip. Many horses also chew on rails, doors and feed bins when adequate levels of natural mucilages contained in feed, or in saliva stimulated by chewing, are not available on a regular basis every few hours, overnight or when travelling or waiting to compete.

 

Handy Hint: Many upper level equestrian horses are often ‘picky eaters’ with a ‘sour’ attitude when worked under saddle if natural mucilages are not adequate in their diets, or when not given food, such as dampened alfalfa hay containing natural mucilage compounds, prior to exercise or training and when travelling and away from home
 

 

Racing, Polo, Eventing and Showjumpers (and all other horses as well)!

 

If the diet is not adequate in natural mucilage compounds, or they do not have an opportunity to chew hay and salivate prior to exercise, horses can develop digestive discomfort which can be exhibited by the following signs…..

 

  • Agitation, Restless, Pawing – reluctance to stand quietly – shuffling and constantly moving around, especially when standing being saddled up, after long distance transport or hard, strenuous competitive exercise.
  • Girthy – signs of ‘ears back’, displaying discomfort and aggressive behaviour when being girthed up.
  • Bad Barrier Manners in Race Horses– reluctance to go into the barriers, agitated and difficult behaviour at the start
  • of a race, including ‘pulling’ and ‘grabbing the bit’.  It is probable that these horses anticipate or have experienced previous digestive discomfort when they were not given adequate mucilages in feed.  They need to chew and produce sufficient protective and buffering saliva prior to and during transport, or within a few hours of racing or hard competition.
  • Kicking the Trailer or Horse Box – pawing and kicking the sides due to gastric discomfort during travelling after strenuous competition.
  • Picky Eating – poor appetite after work, taking all day to eat morning feeds – interrupted feeding – but may lick their feed bins clean overnight.
  • Chewing the Bit – some horses chew the bit after exercise in an attempt to secrete their own natural mucilages in saliva


Q.     When should Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ be given to help provide natural mucilages in a normal response to chewing with the secretion of saliva?

A.     Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ is best given each day for at least 2-3 days in the main feed before travelling to a show, prior to training, education and breaking-in, or to the races or event competition. The supplement must be mixed into a dry feed topping because the natural mucilages become ‘sticky’ and ‘gluggy’ within a few minutes in damp feed.



 

Q.     What if my horse refuses to eat it in feed?

 

A.     There are two choices to help ensure the horse consumes the supplement (500kg horse).

 

1.   Mix it into crumbled alfalfa cubes or chopped hay, with a small amount of feed the horse enjoys eating.  Give the horse some of the feed to encourage it to chew and then mix the Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ in the remaining feed.

 

         2. It is formulated to go ‘gluggy’ quickly when mixed in water – add 2-3 scoopsful to half a cupful of luke-warm water, mix it into a slurry with the nozzle of a large oral (60ml syringe), withdraw it into the syringe and administer it over the tongue. Add more water if necessary to maintain the slurry.  Deposit it over the tongue and refill until the full amount is given. Make it up at the horse just before giving it over the tongue, otherwise it may become too thick to eject from the syringe.

 

  • Give 3 scoopsful of Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™, over the tongue as a slurry, about 5-10 minutes before training and exercise, or 3 scoopsful around 5-10 minutes before travelling.
  • Follow-up with 2 scoopsful of Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ within 10-15 minutes after training or exercise or prior to return travel to provide natural mucilages during the return trip.
  • Repeat for 3-4 days as a pre-exercise and an after-exercise supplement over the tongue.
  • After 3-4 days, most horses will benefit from the mucilage supplement as the Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ aids the normal function of saliva in maintaining optimum conditions within the stomach and upper intestinal tract.
  • Once Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ has helped maintain a more consistent appetite, then to help maintain the appetite, mix 4-5 scoopsful of Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ into a small amount of crumbed alfalfa cubes as a topping on the first feed after exercise, as recommended on the label.

 

A slurry of Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ over the tongue can be given before travelling to race, compete or show – it contains only natural food compounds which do not contravene the medication guidelines for show, performance, dressage or racing horses.

Handy Hint:  Studies have shown that feeding a small feed each day before exercise consisting of one litre of crumbed alfalfa cubes, 1 scoopful of Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ and 2 teaspoonsful (10g) of fine limestone powder per 100 kg body weight, 30 minutes before exercise, helps ensure normal buffering of the stomach acid from the saliva secreted, the natural mucilages in Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ and alkaline limestone. 



Q.           Can Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ be given to foals as well?

A.            Yes. Kohnke’s Own® Gastro-Coat™ mixed into a small amount of milk and given over the tongue just before feeding, helps to provide natural mucilages to help normal salivation as the foal drinks, especially if it is a young orphan foal being fed milk with a bottle or from a bucket.


Pack Sizes:

1 kg and 3kg packs.
 


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