We aim to make microbiome science as straightforward as possible so that you can understand our progressive bio-grooming formulas and trust in their application. We have created this glossary so you can be confident in our new era approach to equine grooming.

  • The process of adding microorganisms to a product to create a more potent, enriched ingredient of supercharged vitamins and anti-oxidants with probiotic properties. This makes it more bio-compatible allowing beneficial actives to absorb at a deeper level.

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  • Biotics are the new frontier in skin and hair care. Produced during fermentation they contain metabolic by-products from probiotics, creating a stable, viable ingredient with superior hydrating and anti-inflammatory effects that help speed up skin-barrier repair.

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  • Where good bacteria are overrun by trouble-making bacteria resulting in a reduction in microbial diversity. This imbalanced microbiota is unable to protect from pathogenic organisms, which can trigger inflammation and other adverse immune responses.

  • What does it mean to be ‘Microbiome-Friendly’?

    Products that can be applied harmoniously to your horses' skin that do not disrupt the natural balance of the skin-biome.

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  • Found in the horses’ gut, nasal passage, lungs and skin. A microbiome is a community of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses) that live cohesively together. Diversity is key - essentially, the more strains of bacteria the healthier your horse is.

  • The terms microbiome and microbiota are often interchanged – however microbiota refers specifically to the origin site, e.g. gut microbiota will alter from the microbiome located on/in skin microbiota or nasal passage microbiota.

  • The upper layer of the epidermis called the stratum corneum, is the body’s first line of defence. It protects from infectious agents, chemicals, systemic toxicity and allergens. Internally, the skin-barrier maintains homeostasis, preventing enhanced loss of water from your horses’ body.

  • Your horses’ largest organ, the skin is colonized by beneficial microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses) similar to those located in their gut. Referred to as skin-biome, their role is protecting your horse from invading pathogens and educating the immune system among other vital jobs including wound-healing.

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  • These molecular compounds are a primary ingredient in cleaning and conditioning products. There are three types of surfactants used in hair and skin-care. They vary considerably in price, ecology and sensitivity. Pure Steed uses a bio-surfactant in our ‘microbiome-friendly’ products.

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We have compiled a number of articles within 'The Science' blog to further educate horse owners interested in pursuing a 'microbiome-friendly' grooming regime.

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