New evidence shows that travel can have an impact on the equine microbiome, the microbial population of the hindgut critical for proper digestion, immune function, and nutrient and energy production.
Abnormalities within the oral cavity, such as dental malocclusions characterized by misaligned teeth, may cause abnormal forces to be placed on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), triggering inflammation and degeneration.
Equine nutritionists and researchers know fructans should be fermented exclusively in the hindgut—the cecum and colon. New research, however, shows that the breakdown, but not necessarily the digestion, of fructans can actually start in the stomach depending on the type of forage a horse is offered.
Can some forages cause horses to overproduce saliva?
Obesity is a major health concern for horses. Not only are there many horses carrying excess weight, but it turns out that most horse owners are unable to consistently identify equine obesity.
Loose manure and diarrhea in horses typically stem from one of three causes: antibiotic therapy, diet, or disease.
According to a research team, simply being overweight does not necessarily mean horses are resistant to the effects of insulin, the key hormone involved in controlling blood sugar levels.
When teeth are diseased, in disrepair, or missing, horses will sometimes drop feedstuffs from the mouth in the midst of chewing it, a behavior known commonly as “quidding.” The key to maximizing nutrition of horses with loose and missing teeth is to provide easy-to-process feedstuffs.
While the lipoma itself is benign, the position of the growth within the abdominal cavity can create havoc. Lipomas grow on stalks, which can wrap around a segment of intestine, triggering strangulation of the soft tissue and leading to obstructive colic.
Once you read the latest research on inhaled medications and their benefits in horses, you may not think twice before buying them.
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