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No Starch Overload: Ration Balancers Safe To Feed In One Meal

Horses are designed to eat almost continuously, so feeding multiple small meals throughout the day is ideal, as is offering near-constant access to forage. The equine stomach is relatively small, with a fairly short small intestine compared to other animals that have only one stomach. Proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals are all absorbed in the […]

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Coronavirus And Leaky Gut Syndrome: A One-Two Punch For Some Horses

Although coronavirus is making headlines for its impact on humans, it can also be a challenging disease for horses to overcome. But even once a horse has recovered from the infection itself, some horses develop a secondary issue, according to a report from The Horse. During an active coronavirus infection, horses may be lethargic and […]

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Life After Two Colic Surgeries: Eventing Horse Back In Training

Monty, a 6-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, was down and displaying signs of colic when owner Ashley Aguado received the late-night call that he was sick. She rushed to him and found her three-day eventing horse in a dire condition. “When I arrived, Monty’s face was cut up from all the rolling he was doing,” said Aguado. […]

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Study: Does Baker’s Yeast Increase Feed Digestibility?

A form of baker’s yeast added to equine grain rations does not increase feed digestibility, a Brazilian study found. The study team, from University of São Pau, used 10 Arabian geldings for the study; they tested the volatile fatty acids, fecal yeast and bacterial counts, and serum endotoxin levels before during and after the yeast […]

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An Ounce Of Prevention: Easier To Prevent Impaction Colic Than Treat It

Impaction colic in horses can take place in the large or small intestine. This type of colic is a buildup of feed or hay that completely blocks the ability of material to pass, leading to bloating, distention and painful stretching of the intestine. The blood supply to vital tissues can also be cut off, adding […]

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Five Disproven Colic Myths That May Surprise You

If you own a horse, you’ve probably been there at one time or another. A horse – maybe your horse – is acting dull and off his feed. Maybe he is rolling and thrashing violently. All signs point to colic and you need to get a veterinarian to his side as soon as possible. But […]

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