“A horse cannot tell exactly what it feels, so it is important to prevent problems.”
For years Marco Kutscher has been one of Germany’s best showjumping riders, known for his true horsemanship. Riding for Ludger Beerbaum’s stables, Kutscher has had many successes such as becoming European Champion with Montender in San Patrignano 2005, winning individual bronze at the Olympic Games in Athens a year earlier and later on winning team gold with Cornet Obolensky at the 2011 European Championships in Madrid. Nowadays, Kutscher is working on his own as well as together with his partner Eva Bitter. The successes keep on coming; Kutscher won three CSI5* Grand Prix competitions during 2015.
As Marco Kutscher competes at the top of the showjumping sport, his life and his horses’ lives involve a lot of travelling all around the world. “The sport has changed over the years. It is not that I do more shows than I used to do, but there is a bit more travelling now. Years ago I went to many good shows in Germany, and travelling was not that far. Nowadays I go to just a few shows in Germany and during the rest of the year I compete in countries all over the world. My horses are flying many times during the year, and for sure that causes more stress,” Kutscher explains.
“We are travelling over longer distances and also with flying it is different, because sometimes the horses have to be in containers for many hours. Next to that you have different time zones and different hours when you are working. During wintertime the shows are always in the evening, so the classes are starting late and you are often finished at night time – so your biorhythm is also different. I can feel it myself, what this kind of things do to me. But when I don’t feel so well myself, I can do something about it. A horse cannot tell me exactly what it feels, so it is important to prevent problems,” Marco states.
For a couple of months, Marco Kutscher has been using Equine 74 Gastric to support his horses. “I used it on the horses that I think are more stressful, luckily I have no horses with serious problems with their stomachs. I don’t give it to all my horses, but I give it to some when I think it is good for them – when for instance the horse goes on a long trip. Some of my horses used to get Gastrogard, but now I replaced it for Equine 74 Gastric and my horses are still the same. I have the feeling Equine 74 Gastric is really helping them.”
Marco Kutscher got to know Equine 74 Gastric through one of his horse owners. “Daan Horn, the owner of my stallion Van Gogh, was also using it and told me to try it instead of Gastrogard because he already had good experiences with Equine 74 Gastric. That is how I got to the product,” Kutscher explains. Not only the high costs of Gastrogard made Kutscher interested for an alternative. “Of course Gastrogard is really expensive, so that makes Equine 74 Gastric interesting. But, Gastrogard is also a kind of medicine and I try to avoid as much medicine as possible to use on my horses – unless they have a serious problem of course. I always want to try it the homeopathic way, because that is for sure better for a body than using medication all the time.”
“I think Equine 74 Gastric has really worked for my horses the last couple of months. They are all fine and in good condition, so according to me Equine 74 Gastric can really support your horses in a good way!”