Digestive System

Tight junctions beneath the microvilli (microscopic cellular membrane protrusions, seen here as parallel lines) in the equine intestinal lining. A NC State team has noticed these spaces tend to become “leaky” in the damaged mucosal barrier, allowing more cells in—both good and bad—than necessary.


Colic Researchers: Tight Junctions Crucial in Gut Function

February 01, 2013

A research team is examining how infectious disease and inflammation impact cells in the horse's gut.... Read More

This image shows the species distribution from a single equine fecal sample; the large number of microflora illustrates the complexity of a horse's microbiome.


Microbiomes: It's All About Balance

January 23, 2013

Veterinarians are starting to understand the complexity and diversity of equine microbiome.... Read More


Pre- and Probiotics for Horses

November 26, 2012

Providing pre- and probiotics, coupled with proper nutrition, can have positive effects on horses' health.... Read More


Study Evaluates Unintentional Weight Loss in Horses

October 23, 2012

Researchers pinpointed a definitive cause of weight loss in 60% of evaluated cases.... Read More


Study Examines Most 'Physically Effective Fiber' for Horses

October 06, 2012

Forage-only diets provide horses with more physically effective fiber than hay and concentrate diets.... Read More


Hindgut Microflora's Potential Role in Equine Obesity

June 04, 2012

Researchers now believe the microflora residing in the hindgut could contribute to equine obesity.... Read More


23 Cases of Atypical Myopathy Diagnosed in Spring 2012

May 15, 2012

Eighteen cases identified in France, four in Great Britain, and one in New Zealand.... Read More


Possibility of Gluten Sensitivity in Horses Examined

May 09, 2012

Researchers found that some horses with inflammatory small bowel disease could have a gluten intolerance.... Read More


Effects of Food Deprivation on Horses' Cardiac Function

May 04, 2012

Research finds withholding a horse's feed reduced heart rate and increased atrioventricular block frequency.... Read More


Know How to Use A Stethoscope Before You Need It

April 12, 2012

A properly used stethoscope can help horse owners pick up on possible developing health problems.... Read More


Supportive Care for Foals with Pharyngeal Dysfunction

March 14, 2012

A recent study suggests that with supportive care affected foals can lead healthy and productive lives.... Read More


Top Medicine Studies of 2011 (AAEP 2011)

February 15, 2012

A wrap-up of the most important, interesting, or applicable studies to equine medicine from Dr. Steve Reed.... Read More


"Colic in 3D: The Glass Horse" Lecture Scheduled

January 20, 2012

On Tuesday, Feb.7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the New Bolton Center will present "Colic in 3D: The Glass Horse."... Read More


Dysphagia in Horses Difficult to Diagnose

January 02, 2012

There are more than 100 possible causes for dysphagia--the inability to swallow--in horses.... Read More


Monitoring and Preventing EPE on Endemic Farms (AAEP 2011)

December 27, 2011

Researchers are helping horse farms control and detect equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE).... Read More


Nutritional Support for Equine Digestive Health

November 05, 2011

Balancing the digestive system is key to maintaining equine health by improving nutrient absorption.... Read More


Dentistry in Horses

October 11, 2011

Horses' teeth are very different from humans, and they need special dental care at least annually.... Read More


The Equine Digestive Tract and How it Relates to Colic

September 07, 2011

Certain parts of the horse's digestive tract are associated with higher risks of developing colic.... Read More


Gastrointestinal Problems in the Foal

August 03, 2011

Meconium impaction, ulcers, diarrhea, and other GI problems can arise in foals.... Read More


Enteric Bacteria: Can Healthy Horses be Carriers?

July 11, 2011

Could a healthy horse in one's own backyard be a disease risk for other horses?... Read More


The Many Faces of Colic

July 01, 2011

Considering the length and volume of the equine digestive system, it’s little wonde... Read More


Monitoring and Preventing Equine Proliferative Enteropathy

June 14, 2011

Prevention and monitoring strategies for equine proliferative enteropathy, a disease that affects weanlings ... Read More


Equine Proliferative Enteropathy: A Growing Concern

June 04, 2011

Equine proliferative enteropathy, a gastrointestinal disease of foals and weanlings that's increasing in ... Read More


Veterinarians Release Uncle Mo's Diagnosis

June 03, 2011

Uncle Mo has a case of cholangiohepatitis, which, is a severe inflammation of the bile passages and adjacent ... Read More


Gastrointestinal Tract Infection Will Decide Uncle Mo's Derby Fate

May 05, 2011

Owner Mike Repole said a decision on whether Uncle Mo, the current second favorite, will run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands will be made late today May 5, or early tomorrow. After the one-time Derby favorite exercised over the ... Read More