"Feed for Thought": Equine Hindgut Health Part 2: How to effectively support a healthy hindgut
By Suzie Middlebrook, BSc. | Cavalor Nutrition Specialist
The complex digestive tract of the horse can sometimes be assaulted by different irritants or pathogens that can cause diarrhea or Gas. Some examples would be a change in diet, a virus, anti biotic treatment or an excess amount of oil in their diet. All three of these scenarios can cause the normal microbial populations, or “good gut bacteria,” to suffer, causing their numbers to falter which can lead to even further negative impact on the overall health of the horse. The drop in microbial populations can cause a negative feedback loop, leading to further insult on the gastrointestinal health of the horse. This is due to the fact that the gut environment has been significantly altered, impeding the horse’s ability to self-repair from the initial insult.
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