Goal of the study
The study aimed to verify whether the administration of supplements based on Yarrowia lipolytica yeast could have a healing effect on the of race horses’ ulcers. The study was conducted at the Służewiec Horse Racing Track in Warsaw from August till November 2014.
Course of the study
The study involved 15 racing horses training on a regular basis. The horses underwent a gastroscopic examination qualifying for the program and after the supplementation. During the study, horses received one of the following supplements: Equinox, Gastro Formula or Electrolyt Balance and dried apples as a placebo.
In 4 horses receiving the Equinox supplement, ulceration was reduced. Of the four horses receiving Gastro Formula supplement, two horses had a significant reduction of the erosions, one showed no change, and one showed a slight worsening of ulceration. In three horses receiving the Electrolyte Balance supplement, ulceration was reduced. In the control group, three out of four horses showed worsening of ulceration, one of them showed improvement.
Yarrowia lipolytica based supplements for horses can potentially help in the treatment of horse ulcers.