Nutritional buffers can prevent the formation of gastric ulcers in sport horses fed high-concentrate diets and all horses that experience long periods when they are not ingesting any food.
From time to time, veterinarians contact the nutrition experts at KER for consultation on puzzling cases. The following summary represents an account of how two professionals collaborated to help an ailing horse.
I own a two-year-old colt with a long history of nervousness and spookiness, as well as a tendency to gas colic. Given his diet is mostly forage, what might be causing the colic?
My Miniature Horse mare is prone to gas colic and insulin resistance. What can I feed her to help her gain some weight?
Can you review my gelding's diet to determine if it contributed to the gastric ulcers we discovered recently on endoscopy?
Horse nutrition is full of similar terms. Learn the subtle differences between ingesta, digesta, and bolus.
As horse owners know, the delicate microbial population of the equine gastrointestinal tract undermines its resiliency. One other peculiarity enfeebles the tract—a series of one-way passages that prevents horses from regurgitating feed.
The importance of calcium in the diet of horses and ponies is crucial. When coupled with phosphorus, the two minerals compose up to 70% of the total mineral content in the body. Calcium is necessary for skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle function, nerve conduction, and a host of other metabolic reactions.
Diagnosing gastric ulcers in horses and clearing them with omeprazole takes commitment, but the benefits of gastrointestinal well-being outweigh any outlay of time, money, or inconvenience.
My 14-year-old gelding has consistently dry manure. What's the cause? What can I do to help him?
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