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Acidosis and Laminitis: Identifying Horses at Risk

March 2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr,

In this Part Five of our exclusive report from the European Workshop on Equine Nutrition (EWEN), Dr Mariette van den Berg discusses a recent study by French researchers that evaluated if diet composition (specifically high-fibre or high-starch diets) can modulate the bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS) in equine faeces.

This study provided valuable information to an area of research that aims to development a reliable and simple faecal test to identify those horses who are at risk of developing acidosis or laminitis.

Feeding horses rapidly fermentable carbohydrates and abrupt dietary transitions are very common practices in the horse industry.