No Butterflies Allowed: How to Solve Gastric Nerves with GastroPrep EQ

Tube of GastroPrep EQ and Karen Polle show jumping her horse Wings

“I have butterflies in my stomach.” 

This common term often gets passed over or explained away as a symptom of nervousness in humans, but have you ever thought about what that nervous feeling could mean when it’s your horse suffering from a case of the butterflies? 

We’ve all felt it – that feeling of growing uneasiness that seems to start in the stomach and ting at your nerves. That feeling is actually gastric turmoil building up in the sensitive GI tract. Horses can tell us what this feeling means to them, if we’re paying attention. Oversensitivity to your leg aids, a lack of focus on the rider, and becoming generally stiff and resistant under saddle are all signs that your horse is suffering from his own version of “butterflies.”

“GastroPrep EQ works great to quickly settle Wings’ gastric nerves.” – Karen Polle

A veterinarian would describe this state as gastric tension – that’s your horse’s response to anxiety, caused by a sudden onset of severe gastric discomfort. New environments and shipping are two of the most common causes of stress on the gut, and they just so happen to be two things that performance horses encounter on a regular basis! When left unattended to, gastric discomfort only builds and worsens, impacting attitude and performance negatively.

When it comes to solving your horse’s pre-event gastric butterflies, there are a few common misconceptions. Traditionally, proton pump inhibitors and other medications are used to treat an existing gastric condition, but science suggests they may not be appropriate for long term maintenance.  

Tube of GastroPrep EQ paste for horses
GastroPrep EQ for Fast-Acting Pre-Event Gastric Support

High-level horsemen who rely on Perfect Products for performance support expressed the need for an alternative, and in response, we formulated GastroPrep EQ. This unique formula contains probiotics, prebiotics, stomach buffers, hindgut support, soothing agents, and healing agents. Together, these ingredients support proper digestive processes and result in a comfortable, quieter and happier horse. 

GastroPrep EQ quickly addresses the symptoms of gastric stress and supports all parts of the digestive process. Designed to administer one hour prior to shipping or performance, the benefit of GastroPrep EQ begins almost immediately and lasts for eight hours. Use GastroPrep EQ before your next performance and experience a more comfortable, relaxed and enjoyable horse.

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