Journal of Equine Veterinary Science to Publish LIFELINE Equine Gut Study

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

It's well-known that stress, training, trailering and competition can cause occasional gut issues in performance horses. This can cause horses to be cinchy, have a rough hair coat, go off feed, and not perform to their potential.

A new study to be published in the August 2016 edition of the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science has shown that horses dosed with BioThrive®, the active ingredient found only in LIFELINE Equine performance supplements, were significantly more likely to maintain normal gut barrier function and a healthy GI tract when subjected to the stress of training and hauling compared to horses receiving a placebo.

The study was completed in two phases and both utilized a randomized complete block design. A total of thirty horses were paired into replicates formed on the basis of similarity of sex, age and weight. Horses were randomly assigned to the treatment and placebo groups. All investigators and participants were blinded to treatment and control groups until completion of the study. Horses were subjected to a similar training program in a model that has been used previously to induce gut issues.

The novel results of the study indicated that dosing horses with BioThrive® bioactive proteins was effective in maintaining a healthy gut in horses experiencing physiologic stress from exercise or training programs.


The study was published online May 11, 2016 and can be accessed on the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science website Search for bioactive proteins to find the study.


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