A horse’s digestive tract is uniquely adapted to eating on the go. Most notably, horses’ stomachs are quite small whereas their large intestines are voluminous and are the main site of fermentation.
Horses are susceptible to both structural and functional dysfunction, which can have a profound impact on the horse. A gastrointestinal disturbance can quickly progress from a simple “upset” to a life-threatening emergency. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian if any signs of colic or diarrhea develop.
Prevention is certainly one of the best ways to keep your horse’s digestive system healthy. Ensure your horse has a properly balanced ration and always make dietary changes very slowly to allow the microbes time to adapt to the new diet.
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