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ImmuBiome Reviews – A Truly Excellent Line Of Products

ImmuBiome Reviews, Gut Health For PSSM and Older Horses

ImmuBiome Reviews: Lean Muscle

The first of my ImmuBiome reviews has to be Lean Muscle. This was the first ImmuBiome product I tried for my PSSM horse, Jax. Jax hasn’t had a decent topline since early in his 7th year, which was right before he crashed with PSSM. I assumed our topline issues were all PSSM related, until I tried Lean Muscle. It took about 4 months, but I noticed he started eating less but maintaining better.

He was starting to build topline, and went from gorging on 35+ pounds of hay per day year round down to a normal 25-28 lbs (approx. 2% of his body weight) in summer, just around 30 pounds in winter (he’s also blanketed). He’s been on Lean Muscle on and off (mostly on) for about a year now (as of Feb. 2022), and I find that if I don’t keep him on it at least a half dose a couple days a week he loses topline. It also helps with anxiety. [Update Feb. 2023 – Jax no longer needs Lean Muscle and, while he gets small doses on occasion, daily dosing sends to tip him into too much of an easy keeper!]

Lean Muscle is advertised as helping leaky gut. Jax has had gut issues since going symptomatic, and I now suspect that leaky gut was at the heart of his gut issues.

ImmuBiome Reviews: Spine & Nerve

This was our second ImmuBiome product, due to Jax being a head shaker. It stops his head shaking within a couple of days of starting it, and helps anxiety. I kept him on Spine & Nerve for most of this past year, but he needed other support to help with anxiety related to head shaking. Lean Muscle helped (the big 3 for head shakers is Lean Muscle, Spine & Nerve, and Focus, see below), but he was also on EquiFeast Fight Back – so three separate supplements just for head shaking and anxiety (plus other benefits, but that was the big one!).

Since going on Focus he’s not needed Spine & Nerve, but we’re only a month in – that could change, and I have Spine & Nerve on hand, just in case. [Update Feb. 2023 – I still have ImmuBiome products on hand just in case, but haven’t needed them with his current diet!]

ImmuBiome Reviews, Gut Health For PSSM and Older Horses
ImmuBiome Reviews, Gut Health For PSSM and Older Horses

You may be thinking, this is a long list of supplements for two horses – but just look at these faces!

Jax is my PSSM horse on the left, who doesn’t like the old guy getting between me and him – thus the face lol. His issues are numerous – PSSM, head shaker, early navicular, gut issues. But he’s a total love, an absolute saint, and a wonderful trail partner when his management is optimized to perfection.

Patch (Apache) is on the right, and is a late 20’s rescue with gut issues and a seriously hard keeper. He had symptoms that mimicked PSSM2 when I first got him, but doesn’t show those symptoms often anymore. This horse colicked more than any horse I’ve seen, but G-Tract really put a stop to that.

Completely different needs, and completely different responses to feeds and supplements!

ImmuBiome Reviews: G-Tract

It doesn’t seem to do much for Jax – he gets unusually quiet on it, so I’ve only used it for short stints on occasion. However, I LOVE G-Tract for my older gelding with Fecal Water Syndrome. This horse colicked so many times before putting him on it, I couldn’t find a way to calm his gut until I tried G-Tract with him. He hasn’t had a single day of loose stool since going on G-Tract (full dose) daily about 5-6 months ago. [Update Feb 2023 – we put the old man down before winter 2023 – G-Tract really helped his gut, but he started losing weight in late 2022 and we just couldn’t get him back. RIP Patch.]

ImmuBiome Reviews: Breathe

I tried this on Jax due to seasonal allergies and a mild cough when he goes into a trot. This product completely stops that cough, and helps if he has a snotty nose. He doesn’t stay on it daily, we only use it if the cough comes back or he has signs of drainage.

ImmuBiome Reviews: Strength & Stamina

This is another product that I like for my older horse. He has pelvic arthritis and tends to do well on this one. It tends to perk up both of my horses, so it’s something Jax does NOT need. That said, it works great for my old guy that can use a bit of extra energy. I give anywhere from a half dose to a full dose, depending on his feed. If he’s getting 2 lbs of Renew Gold Senior, which has joint relief, then I skip the Strength & Stamina.

While this isn’t a course I run Jax through often, I do sometimes drop the other ImmuBiome products and put him through one to two weeks of G-Tract and Strength & Stamina. The calming and perking up effects cancel each other out, and it gives him a short dose of ulcer treatment (G-Tract) and hoof health (Strength & Stamina).

ImmuBiome Reviews: Joint & Recovery

This product hasn’t had a fair trial yet, but I’ll add it to the list and hopefully update soon. I will note that I started it a couple months ago because Jax starting moving slower about a year ago, and I did see some improvement. But I’d made many other changes at the same time (glue on shoes, hoof angle changes) so, at this time, I can’t say for sure if Joint & Recovery was part of that change.

ImmuBiome Reviews: Focus

Where to begin with this one, which may be my favorite of these ImmuBiome reviews yet! I waited to try Focus, even though it’s for head shaking (Jax is a head shaker), because it has magnesium. Back in 2020 magnesium started causing anxiety and was triggering head shaking, even at amounts as small as one gram, so I was on the fence with trying it. I learned Jax is anemic in December of 2021, and normal blood building supplements weren’t helping. I called Chris with ImmuBiome, and he said reishi mushrooms can help anemia – and reishi is the main mushroom in Focus. I decided to try it, and honestly, I’m blown away.

I went hard core into anemia fixes, and we knocked down all the supplements we could to add Focus and SmartPak’s Smart Pituitary (anemia can be Cushing’s related, see my PSSM diet page for more on his diet). Focus has him quiet, calm, and (duh) focused. He’s gaining energy, and I’ll be pulling bloods again soon to see if the anemia has subsided. [Update Feb. 2023 – he’s still anemic on blood tests! I’ve begun adding small amounts of iron to his diet as that’s the only thing that’s helped so far.]

Jax still gets some of the other ImmuBiome products a couple times per week or as needed, but Focus seems to have fixed a LOT of our recent issues, and has been an amazing support to the rest of his management. He has no signs of head shaking or anxiety on Focus only, but I’m watching his topline to see if Lean Muscle needs to come back into the daily rotation.

A small note – other supplements were started at around the same time as Focus, including the SmartPak Smart Pituitary and B1, which aid in calming.

See ImmuBiome’s website for more on these fantastic products and for more ImmuBiome reviews from other customers. I don’t have an advertising relationship with ImmuBiome – I just want a concise place on this site for sharing what these supplements have done for my horses. However, Google ads may place ImmuBiome ads, for which I could receive a small commission.

5 thoughts on “ImmuBiome Reviews – A Truly Excellent Line Of Products

  1. I have a PSSM horse we trying to figure her out. I read that you don’t give JAX Timothy pellets.
    I was wondering why. Just peaches hates Equifeast I just started her on it and I mix it with Timothy pellets. We think she has a flax and alfalfa allergy so I was wondering if you didn’t feed the pellets because of some hidden ingredients?

    1. Hi Nicola! Jax reacts to timothy pellets (aggression and mild head shaking symptoms), but I’m not sure why. Since SmartPaks now cause problems, I think he’s getting more sensitive to binders, which hay pellets usually have. I’ve read that cubes may have less binders and be safer for some sensitive horses, and had luck with cubes in the past, but haven’t tried them recently to see if they work better for him now that he’s ultra-sensitive.

      I’ve basically found that any feed or supplement bagged for horses triggers some sort of negative reaction with him, so switching to veggies and human supplements is really the only way to get supplements in without consequences – I may eventually take this as an excuse to try him on only forage with no additional supplements, but I don’t think we’re ready for that yet. I wish I had more answers on why horse products don’t work for him. Since a lot of horses seem to be fine on timothy pellets, this may simply be a Jax thing, and something most don’t need to worry about?

        1. Peaches has terrible allergies to FLAX. We have had her on LAM Essentials and it has been working but she’s still stiff and her allergies our crazy.
          I don’t know whether to take her off the LAM Essentials try JAX diet as it seems very simple which I like.
          Wondered how you got VITE/ Copper/ etc into him do you use a mineral supplement. Also been reading a lot on Chelated V non wondered your thoughts?
          Do you consult at all?

          1. I don’t know if you’ve seen the post on feeding this to neurological horses, but that post is based on me taking over management on my friend’s horse with EPM, chronic Lyme, and a couple other issues. He’s on Jax’s regimen and doing amazing. He used to be very stiff also, and can still get stiff in his right hind if his exercise levels drop. That horse had been on Lam Essentials, and then a different supplement from the same company, and didn’t respond to either. I don’t know why he responded so drastically to my management, unless it’s as simple as removing trigger feeds? Either way, his owner is thrilled and riding him again.

            I don’t do anything special for copper/zinc. I provide salt blocks for that, and nothing else. That said, the horses under my care have access to woods and pasture a few hours per day, and 24/7 hay in their “dry lot” – which is approx. 2 acres with some scrubby grass so they move around a little more. So they get a lot of different natural mineral sources from grasses, herbs, weeds, saplings, etc. I have started to provide Vitamin E for Jax, as he got low this past winter, and he’s started joint supplements as well (he’s 16 this year, and the joints are starting to need some help).

            As for chelated vs. non-chelated – are you talking minerals in general? Calcium specifically? I think chelated is important for specific things, and that it can be individual to each horse. Some chelated minerals never seemed any better than their non-chelated counterpart for Jax, but the difference is huge for other horses. When it comes to calcium, for Jax there’s no question – chelated is necessary while non-chelated causes issues (kidney sediment buildup). Regarding calcium, I think chelated is good for horses in areas with a lot of limestone – all of mine are on it, and even the normal one (lol “one” singular) has a much better mind and looser muscles on chelated calcium.

            I have coached people through these issues and general PSSM issues, and would be more than happy to help however I can. You can email me directly at jen(at)pssmhorses(dot)com.

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