hind gut fermenters, they rely on the bacteria in their impressive caecum
located in the large intestine (hind gut) to get most of their energy and
nutrients from the cell contents of the forage/grass they consume. The bacteria
in the hind gut have a huge task of fermenting the fibre to provide energy and other nutrients to ensure the
health and performance of the horse is maintained and to allow the horse
sufficient energy to be worked.
To enable this, horses need to eat for around 18 hours a day to ensure they have consumed enough good quality forage to provide the hindgut bacteria with sufficient material to ferment.
feeding system is out of balance and not working how it should be, this is when
problems may arise.
Although horses need to eat most of the day to ensure they receive enough energy and nutrients, they also need to eat to maintain a constant level of forage in their stomach, as an empty stomach is what can make horses more susceptible to developing ulcers and colic. Having a continuous coating can help to ensure stomach acid levels do not erode the stomach lining.
An Irritable Gut = An Irritable Horse
horses have an upset digestive system you may find them reluctant to engage and
perform how you want them to. They can become stressed and irritable which
ultimately can cause further harm to the digestive system, as they can become
more reluctant to eat creating an imbalance of microbes in the hind gut and
lack of forage in the stomach.
A good physical
sign to determine if your horse has intestinal upset is by looking at their
If they are loose, it could indicate
If they are dry and compacted, it could indicate
If there is a lack of droppings, it could indicate
horse has symptoms such as severe diarrhoea, fever, weight loss or signs of
colic contact your vet.*
OEO trials have shown it to:
Natural equine supplements like Orego-Stim Equine can be added to your horse's diet to support gut health, resulting in an overall happier and healthier horse.
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