Understanding the Equine Digestive System

The horse’s digestive system can be divided into two main sections – the foregut and the hindgut – both which are specifically designed for the horse to graze for the majority of each day. Let’s take an in-depth look at each portion and their overall role in providing nutrients to the horse. The Foregut: Stomach […]

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Hindgut vs. Gastric Ulcers in Horses

Jan Byyny, professional eventing trainer and rider, recently said, “I think the more you can care for the horses to meet their gut health needs, the better and more relaxed they are going to be when they perform.” She’s right. Isn’t a healthy, comfortable horse going to be a happier, more competitive animal? Of course, […]

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A Comprehensive Guide to Equine Gastric Health

Gastric health is achieved when the stomach is free of disease and discomfort. Unfortunately, in performance horses the incidence of gastric discomfort is high. The horse’s stomach continuously secretes hydrochloric acid throughout the day and night, regardless if feed has been ingested. High acid in the stomach, especially in an empty stomach, predisposes the horse […]

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What You Need to Know About Laminitis

With the beginning of spring comes warmer weather, green grass, and as any horse owner knows… laminitis. What is laminitis? Laminitis, also known as “founder,” is the inflammation of the laminae – or the soft tissue that attaches the coffin bone of the foot to the hoof wall. When that tissue is inflamed, it becomes […]

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