Digestive Health

Traveling Is Hard on Your Horse

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Traveling is harder on your horse than you think. Tired, stressed horses are more likely to hurt themselves in the trailer, and they are more susceptible to illness during and after the trip. Traveling in a trailer causes: A decrease in immune function Muscle fatigue Respiratory stress Digestive imbalances and dehydration The longer a horse is in the trailer the more stress their systems are put under. 8 things you can do to reduce travel... Read More »

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Chewing is an important part of your horse’s life

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In his natural state, your horse would spend 16 to 17 hours each day roaming around and grazing on a variety of plants. Biting, chewing and swallowing as he goes, there is a near constant flow of food into his digestive tract. When food is offered as meals, time spent chewing is often reduced, thus disrupting the natural rhythm of your horse’s digestive tract. Digestion starts the moment a horse takes a bite of food. In the mouth, a full set of... Read More »

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Havoc in the Hindgut

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Your horse is a home The digestive tract of your horse is home to millions of microorganisms that aid in the digestion of feedstuffs. The sheer size of the microbial population shows their importance to your horse’s health. Leading equine nutritionist David Frape once wrote “…the bacteria cells in the digestive tract of the horse number more than ten times all the tissues cells in the body.” Think about it: There are more microbes in the gut... Read More »

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Why should I include a digestive supplement in my horse’s feeding program?

Supplements can support optimal digestive tract health by:
• Maintaining a good appetite
• Supporting more efficient digestibility of hay and grain
• Sustaining a strong immune system
• Reducing the risk of colic, diarrhea or laminitis Continue reading

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Changes in Gut Microflora Could Provide Early Warning of EMS

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Story: Jackie Bellamy-Zions Early diagnosis of Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) is an important area of study especially considering one of the first signs can be laminitis, a serious and sometimes life-ending condition.  Catching EMS in its initial stages can facilitate early intervention with an appropriate exercise and diet plan to reduce the chances of... Read More »

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Horses are happier and healthier when living in groups

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To most horse people, there is no better sight than a row of freshly bedded stalls, complete with a pile of hay and a bucket brimming with clean water. To humans this looks safe and comfortable, but your horse might have a different opinion. When left to exist in a natural state, horses typically live in herds consisting of a stallion, some yearlings, and a group of mares and foals. Young stallions will gather in bachelor herds where they will live... Read More »

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Ulcers and digestive tract imbalances in the off-the-track Thoroughbred

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Due to their past lifestyle, the majority of off-the-track Thoroughbreds will have ulcers and some type of digestive imbalance. On the racetrack, Thoroughbreds experience an intense training schedule. Their diets often consist of large amounts of grains that are high in starch and sugar, which can cause the digestive tract to become unhealthy. An unhealthy digestive tract can lead to subtle changes such as sour attitude and poor coat quality or more... Read More »

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Gastric Ulcers in Recreational Horses

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Do you believe gastric ulcers affect only high-performance athletes such as racehorses or Olympic contenders? Do you believe it takes weeks and perhaps months for gastric ulcers to develop? Do you believe gastric ulcers don’t derail performance? Once thought to be a menace only to elite equine athletes, gastric ulcers can develop within five days of exposure to a recreational show or event, according to a recent study. Signs of gastric ulcers... Read More »

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Weight-gain tips for horses that won’t cause digestive upset

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.   Text alternative for weight-gain tips for horses that won’t cause digestive upset Horses that have demanding training or competition schedules, broodmares raising foals, and growing horses can expend a huge number of calories doing their jobs. These horses need energy and lots of it, but they need the kind of energy that won’t cause digestive upset or improper growth... Read More »

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Strategies to reduce colic in horses

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.   Text alternative for strategies to reduce colic in horses On average, 1 out of every 10 horses will suffer from a bout of colic each year. Managing your feeding program can help reduce the incidence of colic in your horses. Three abrupt changes to avoid: Feeding a meal (concentrate or forage) earlier or later than normal. Making an abrupt change in the type or... Read More »

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Colic Myth Buster

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Common myth: If a colicky horse is passing manure, he will be fine. Busted: Not necessarily so, say veterinary surgeons. While it is a positive sign if a horse is passing manure, it doesn't rule out a blockage farther up in the intestinal tract. An evaluation of gut sounds and an internal exam are the best indicators of GI tract status. Always contact your veterinarian if you suspect your horse is suffering from a bout of... Read More »

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Prebiotics can reduce inflammation in older horses

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Recent research at the University of Kentucky shows that including prebiotics in a senior horse's diet significantly reduces the markers for inflammation. Prebiotics support a healthy microbial population in the horse's hindgut, which in turn sustains a strong immune system. Beneficial prebiotics include fermentation metabolites such as beta-glucans, as well as yeast and MOS. To learn more about how probiotics and prebiotics can benefit your horse,... Read More »

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Don’t Let Poor Digestive Tract Health Sideline Your Horse

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Click here to view or download infographic.   Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2015 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Neigh-Lox Advanced; healthy digestive tract formula. Blend of ingredients that work synergistically to support both a healthy foregut and hindgut so horses utilize feed more efficiently, feel better, and eat better. When health issues arise, always seek the... Read More »

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Havoc in the Hindgut?

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Click here to read our Nutritional Minute.   Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2015 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Neigh-Lox Advanced; healthy digestive tract formula. Blend of ingredients that work synergistically to support both a healthy foregut and hindgut so horses utilize feed more efficiently, feel better, and eat better. When health issues arise, always seek the... Read More »

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Horses with a busy lifestyle are at high risk for digestive upset.

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Horses with a busy lifestyle are at high risk for digestive upset. Limited grazing, larger grain meals, and frequent traveling can irritate tissues and disrupt the sensitive microbial populations that are so important to your horse's digestive health. An unhealthy digestive tract can lead to subtle changes such as sour attitude, poor coat quality, and weight loss. Neigh-Lox Advanced provides a scientifically advanced blend of ingredients that... Read More »

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