Gut Lix

Product Description

Gut Lix is a new health lick containing essential salt and minerals that are vital to a horse or pony’s diet. It also contains Preplex® prebiotics to support their gut health and nourish the beneficial bacteria in the gut.

Using only the purest salt from Cheshire and a highly palatable apple flavour, Gut Lix contains no sugar or molasses so offers a healthier treat and helps avoid any unnecessary weight issues.

Gut Lix contains optimum levels of minerals and trace elements and can be used all year round, especially during the summer months to replace lost essential minerals.


  • Contains 10 vital minerals
  • Preplex® prebiotics to nourish the beneficial bacteria in the horse’s gut
  • BETA NOPS approved
  • British salt – purest salt from Cheshire
  • Encourages salivation
  • Highly palatable – tasty apple flavour


Gut Lix are available as 2kg licks. These can be purchased individually from your local stockist. They can also be purchased in boxes of 10 x 2kg from this website.



Directions for use

Can be used all year round and especially during the summer months to replace lost essential minerals. Feed free access.

Gut Lix will fit into most salt lick holders. Alternatively, put a Gut Lix into a feed bucket and feed from the floor.


Compounds of Trace Elements (per kg) 

E3 Cobalt (cobaltous carbonate monohydrate [20mg])  10mg
E4 Copper (cupric sulphate pentahydrate [3200mg]) 800mg
E4 Copper (cupric chelate of amino acids hydrate [1670mg]) 200mg
E172 Iron (iron oxide [1800mg]) 1200mg
E5 Manganese (manganous oxide [170mg]) 100mg
E5 Manganese (chelate of amino acids hydrate [500mg]) 50mg
E8 Selenium (sodium selenite [10mg])  4mg
Ec3b8.12 Selenium (organic form of selenised yeast inactivated [1000mg]) 1mg
E6 Zinc (zinc oxide [2850mg]) 2100mg
E6 Zinc (zinc-chelate of amino acids hydrate [3260mg]) 400mg
E2 Iodine (calcium iodate anhydrous [100mg]) 60mg


Technological additives
Preplex® prebiotic - Acacia (Gum arabic)

Preplex® prebiotic (fructo-oligosaccharides), sodium chloride, magnesium oxide.

Analytical Constituents:
Sodium 34.5%
Magnesium 2.5%





Why is saliva production important?

Saliva is important to coat and lubricate the food, begin the process of digestion and to help to neutralise the stomach acid. In the wild, horses eat for up to 18 hours per day, but modern management systems and the calorie density of modern feeds mean that most horses eat for much shorter periods. This means less chewing and less saliva production. When there is no food in the stomach and low saliva production, the stomach becomes more acidic. Increasing saliva may help to neutralise the stomach acid and support the stomach lining.

What are electrolytes and minerals?

Minerals are inorganic substances needed by the body for normal function. Electrolytes (or macrominerals) are a class of mineral which the body requires in relatively large quantities. This includes sodium which is readily lost in sweat and urine. Microminerals such as copper and cobalt are required in small amounts but are hugely important in many body systems – such as the immune system, the nervous system and the formation of natural antioxidants.

Why is electrolyte replacement important?

Horses lose large amounts of electrolytes when they sweat. These electrolytes are vital for the body to function normally.

How does salt encourage thirst?

A horse’s desire to drink is controlled by the salt concentration of its blood. Taking in salt after exercise stimulates the thirst response and leads to better rehydration. But, it’s better to offer your horse the choice rather than add salt to the diet as too much in one go can make dehydration worse.

Why should I choose Gut Lix?

Gut Lix uses the best British salt with 10 vital minerals and is scientifically formulated to suit a horse’s requirements. Plus Gut Lix contains our unique Preplex® prebiotic to support your horse’s digestive health. Electrolyte and mineral uptake and gut health are intricately linked; only Gut Lix supports both systems.

Does Gut Lix have a high sugar content?

No. Gut Lix is made with the finest British salt, Preplex® prebiotic and a tasty artificial apple flavouring. We don’t need to add lots of sugar to encourage your horse to eat it. Gut Lix is a safe, low calorie way to provide electrolytes and support your horse’s digestive health.

Why does Gut Lix contain iron oxide?

When comparing the iron levels in different feeds and supplements there are a number of important considerations. Firstly, the amount of iron which will be ingested and absorbed is related to the total amount of the product given, the form of the iron, and the ratio of iron to other trace minerals.  As Gut Lix is designed to last a number of weeks, the average daily iron intake from the product will be a tiny fraction of the total daily iron intake from the diet, and a small percentage of the recommended daily amount.  Furthermore, a large proportion of the iron in Gut Lix, is in the oxide form which not as well absorbed in horses, compared to the fumarate form which sparked the ‘iron controversy’.

Secondly, recommended iron intake is not a constant between horses.  Horses can lose 21mg of iron in each litre of sweat, so those in heavy work can require at least a further 500mg per day.    

Finally, the effects of iron excess in the diet are far from clear cut, with much debate as to whether iron accumulation during liver disease is a cause of the disease, or an effect from it.  A 2001 study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association showed no link between marked dietary excess and  disease.  Very few cases of disease due to iron excess are confirmed in horses despite widespread iron supplementation.

When should I use Gut Lix?

Gut Lix can be used all year round, but it is especially useful during periods of regular exercise, warm weather, or dietary change.

How long will Gut Lix last my horse?

In our product trials each 2kg Gut Lix lasted on average 30 days, but all horses are different – both in terms of appetite and salt requirement.

Can I compete a horse which has access to Gut Lix?

Yes. Gut Lix carries the BETA NOPS logo, meaning you can be confident that it complies with the BETA NOPS code of practice. For more information on BETA NOPS please visit their website.

Does Gut Lix fit into a standard salt lick holder?

Yes. Gut Lix is 20cm x 5cm and will fit into most salt lick holders. Alternatively, you can put a Gut Lix into a feed bucket and feed from the floor.


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