Manufacturers of prebiotics and probiotics suggest that these supplements benefit horses by maintaining or restoring the health of the bacteria, parasites, fungi, and yeast that make up the equine intestinal microbiome. But does science support the use of these in horses?
Recent research in humans suggests that alterations in the intestinal microbiome—the community of microorganisms that exist in the large intestine—could contribute to endocrine upheaval.
Lack of appetite and pain are often linked, but the extent of the association seems to depend on the individual horse.
Recently, Egyptian researchers reported that garlic—an herb with a long and illustrious history in non-Western medicine—has gastroprotective effects and could potentially be used to help manage horses with gastric ulcers.
From impactions and displacements to torsions and foreign material, nutrition plays an important role in both preventing and managing painful abdomens.
With neither rhyme nor reason to colic flare-ups, how can owners best feed horses experiencing recurrent impactions of the large intestine to mitigate their discomfort and minimize their frequency?
My 31-year-old mare is skinny and no longer able to chew hay. How can I help her gain weight?
Vitamin K not only plays an important role in blood-clotting but also in a number of other physiological processes such as bone metabolism, immune function, programmed cell death, energy production, and the development of spermatozoa.
Scientists know that diet contributes to the formation of gastric ulcers in horses, but what can horse owners do about established ulcers? Can diet adjustments help heal painful divots in the stomach lining?
My aged gelding has two problems: increased gas when he's on spring pasture, and heaves year-round. Can you provide nutritional advice for these health concerns?
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