Sudden variations in diet disrupt the balance of microbes in the horse’s hindgut, and the result of this disruption can be acidosis, colic, or laminitis. Researchers evaluated the effect of yeast supplementation on the microbial balance in the hindguts of horses that had a sudden change in hay.
I suspect that my Thoroughbred gelding has hindgut ulcers. Will EquiShure help this?
Horses eating high-energy forage tended to have a more stable population of gut bacteria than horses whose diets contained a higher level of carbohydrates. There were also fewer species of undesirable gut bacteria when horses were kept on a high-forage diet.
Colic risk can be grouped into two main factorial categories: internal (age, breed, sex) and external (feeding, environment). There are several possible ways to manipulate external factors, including nutrition, to minimize the chances of cold-weather colic.
Impaction in the large colon is the most frequent cause of colic in older equines, possibly because these horses have somewhat poorer digestion and absorption in the colon as they age. Poor dental condition can contribute to weight loss in senior horses.
Australian researchers investigated the type and amount of cereal grains fed to Thoroughbred horses in race training and the impact of these feeds on the equine hindgut.
My horses have been shut up in their stalls for a long time due to inclement weather. How can I avoid colic when it’s time to put them back on turnout?
In two studies conducted in Germany and reported at the 7th European Workshop on Equine Nutrition, researchers looked at the influence of three different forage-based diets on gastric ulceration in young horses stressed by abrupt weaning.
Horses will usually avoid ingesting harmful plants or other toxins when offered high-quality forage options. But as highlighted in an article by veterinarians from the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Oklahoma State University, horses will consume plants they shouldn’t.
We know that some, but not all, horses grazing in certain geographical areas with sandy soils are at risk for sand colic. Despite research efforts in this field, several questions remain unanswered, one of which is: Can horse owners really prevent or treat sand colic with psyllium?
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