Johan Heins is probably one of the most distinguished horsemen of our day and age. In the 70´s, the Dutchman was one of the best show jumpers worldwide. In 1977, he won team and individual Gold at the European Championships and in the following year the Silver medal at the World Equestrian Games. He worked for some of the most important people in the equestrian world, such as Alwin Schockemöhle and Leon Melchior.
Today he is a popular trainer. In the past, he looked after Jeroen Dubbeldam and Albert Voorn at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. With him as trainer, the two Dutchmen won the Gold and the Silver medal. When Johan Heins works with top horses he trusts Equine 74 Gastric, a natural supplement which helps to keep the sensible stomach of the horse in balance.
Johan Heins: Yes, we had several horses with stomach ulcers or stomach problems in our stable. Especially horses that tend to stress are prone to such problems.
Johan Heins: In accordance with our veterinary we administered Omeprazole in the form of Gastrogard.
Johan Heins: I have several reasons. Equine 74 Gastric is easier to administer. It just has to be fed with the feed as pellets or powder. Gastrogard has to be squirted into the mouth, just like when you treat horses for worms, and this is more complicated to use. Apart from that, Equine 74 Gastric is cheaper than Gastrogard. And most important: I feed Equine 74 Gastric as a prophylactic measure.
This means that all your horses are provided with Equine 74 Gastric daily?
Johan Heins: ´Yes exactly. All 20 horses in my competition yard get Equine 74 Gastric daily. What convinced me was the feeling the horses have given me since then. All horses are more relaxed, in many ways. Even the horses of which I thought that they were completely fit and relaxed feel much better under saddle.
A tense back when you mount the horse or an anxious horse when the saddle is put on – are signs of discomfort – our horses do not show signs of discomfort anymore. And at the end of the day that is what we need in our sport: horses that are relaxed and ready to work, because only then they can deliver a top performance. And that is what makes horses very valuable.
Johan Heins: ´Jos Lansink gave me the tip. Currently he is riding a horse for me, one that has already won Grand Prix. Jos told me that he was very happy with the product. Then I tried it myself`.
Johan Heins: ´Yes, definitely. As I said, I feed Equine 74 Gastric to all my horses by now and I noticed a general improvement of their well-being. For some horses the effect came after one week, for others after four or five weeks. But one thing they all have in common: they are much better under saddle and they are much more relaxed in the stable and when travelling – and that is, after all, a big part of the success.`