The equine stomach in a natural environment is kept full 16 to 20 hours a day by the horse constantly grazing pasture or hay. Hydrochloric acid and the enzyme pepsin is produced 24 hours per day in the horses stomach, and is a necessary and important part of the digestion process. Without proper levels of this stomach acid, feed and supplements cannot be properly broken down to the molecular components and this results in nutrients that are not able to be absorbed into the horses body. Over the long term, this may leave horses at risk for nutrient deficiencies.
A horse can only produce saliva when he moves his jaws. Normal chewing action produces 100 to 150 litres of saliva daily. A horses saliva contains substantial amounts of bicarbonates which buffer the stomach acid. The horse’s stomach empties in 15 to 20 minutes leaving only a small amount of digestia (acid) in the bottom of the stomach. The stomach continues to produce more acid, and the horse continues to chew feed, and the acid is continually buffered with fresh saliva. A horse with a full stomach that has the acid continually buffered appears to have very few problems with ulcers. But, what happens when we are training, racing, trail riding, trailering or withholding feed?
Acid FX is designed to alleviate acid splash for temporary periods of time. Administered orally 15 -20 minutes prior to riding or hauling, it coats the stomach lining and buffers the stomach acid, relieving acid splash pain. The result is a comfortable and calmer horse that responds quickly and willingly, does not ‘grab onto’ the bit, rides more comfortably in the trailer, and returns to eating and drinking much quicker after work or racing. Warm up times and premature sweating are often decreased and the ‘hot’ anxious horses become more relaxed and calmer. Feedback from race horse trainers say that their race horses walk to the track, work hard, then walk calmly back to their stalls.