Keeping the microbiome healthy involves various management strategies, such as offering an appropriate diet, minimizing abrupt changes in diet, and adding various dietary supplements, including prebiotics, probiotics, curcumin, and now possibly kefir, according to some researchers.
Many horsemen believe that diets should be more heavily fortified as horses age in order to make up for losses in digestive efficiency, but new research is challenging this notion.
Horses lose their appetite for a variety of reasons. One lesser-known cause is gastrointestinal discomfort emanating from gastric ulcers and hindgut acidosis.
When should I start my mare on a gastric supplement after she's been on a course of prescription omeprazole?
With the ever-increasing use of nutraceuticals in equine medicine, one research team explored the use of curcumin to help minimize the proliferation of opportunistic bateria that may cause diarrhea-causing alterations in the intestinal microbiome.
One research team found that a muesli-based diet, high in both fat and fiber, did not result in increased glucose or insulin blood levels after being fed with hay. In contrast, horses fed an oat-based diet high in starch had significantly higher blood glucose and insulin levels.
Are sunflower seeds safe to feed my horse, and will they improve coat condition?
A recent study suggested that natural vitamin E may be superior to synthetic versions in mitigating oxidative and muscle cell damage in exercising horses compared to the synthetic version.
While bacteria are frequently blamed for foal diarrhea, the underlying cause remains unclear in many cases. Recently, researchers suggest that dysbiosis, an alteration in the intestinal microbiota, could contribute to the problem.
For certain performance horses, would free-choice access to a white or mineralized salt block negate the need for a daily electrolyte supplementation?
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