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How to Increase the Palatability of Psyllium Husks for Horses

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Crooked Lane proudly makes a wide range of animal wellness supplements and nutritional solutions. One of our popular products for horses is psyllium husk, made from 98% Plantago ovato. This is a healthy source of fibre for humans and pets, including horses, dogs and cats. Psyllium husk can be easily added to food, and there are ways to make it more palatable, too. Let’s review the benefits of psyllium husks for healthy digestion in horses.

What is Psyllium Husk?

Psyllium is a form of fibre made from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds.  Crooked Lane Harvest Psyllium husk is a water-soluble fibre and premium human-food grade. It’s a premium option for gluten-free fibre bulking and may be used to stimulate activity in the gastrointestinal tract to avoid sandy or impacted faeces in horses. It can also work as a dietary fibre, helping to relieve symptoms of constipation or mild diarrhoea. Psyllium Husk can be used to stimulate gastrointestinal tract activity to help avoid impaction with faeces or sand in horses. If you suspect your horse has ingested sand, giving a course of psyllium husk monthly may help a monthly psyllium husk may be used to help remove excess sand through normal droppings.

How to Use Psyllium Husk

When fed, Psyllium swells to a useful gel-like consistency that ‘suspends’ heavy inert particles and carries them along so they are emptied. While Crooked Lane has a wide variety of animal health and wellness products, one consideration is how to ensure animals will actually consume these feed options and supplements. Luckily, there are some simple ways to increase the palatability of psyllium husks for horses, which can be mixed in with dry feed and molasses for a tasty meal.

Follow these suggestions to provide a satisfying and healthy meal for your horse.

  • If your horse grazes or is stabled or yarded in dry/sandy conditions, use psyllium husk every month to help remove dirt and sand from the hindgut
  • Use 125g to 250g for maintenance for two to five consecutive or 250g for two to five consecutive days for horses at high risk
  • Psyllium husk is recommended to be mixed in with dry feed. To improve palatability, try mixing Psyllium Husk with molasses to make a crumble and spread over feed.
  • Bulk fibres such as psyllium husk may alter drug absorption. It is recommended that you use Psyllium Husk at least two hours before or two hours after taking any other medication
  • Always have constant access to clean drinking water.

Order Psyllium Husk for Horses in Australia

Now that you’re more familiar with psyllium husk for horses and how to make this fibre source taste good, you can stock up on a potential solution to ensure healthy digestion. Purchase psyllium husk for horses and shop all Crooked Lane Harvest products available Australia wide.