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Digestive System

Monitoring Body Condition

March 2019

According to recent studies, horse owners are missing the early signs of their horses and ponies becoming overweight until they are dangerously obese. This means they are putting their horses at risk and making weight loss programs more difficult


March 2019

The material causing the blockage is normally foodstuff, but in isolated cases may consist of plastic, rocks, timber or other foreign materials. The blockage may be partial or complete. In most cases, choke is not an immediate emergency, but if the problem does not resolve quickly, then horses can become dehydrated, and the oesophagus can become irreversibly damaged. There is also a risk of the horse developing pneumonia. In severe cases, the condition can be life threatening. Signs of choke

The Ultimate Guide to Worming Your Horse

November 2018

This article contains the 6 simple steps you can take to get your worming program to a great start. Spring has sprung and there’s no better time to kick-start Evidence Based Worming on your horse properties. Most horse managers are, by now, very familiar with the narrative that small Strongyles – Cyathostomins - are becoming resistant to all of our current chemical anthelmintics. But, to date, this awareness is not yet transitioning into a more judicious use of anthelmintics across the industry and we really need to get our skates on! My scary story...

Equine Gastric Ulcers: Management and Prevention

November 2018

In this article, Dr Emanuela Valle a researcher and veterinary consultant in Torino, Italy, explains the role of diet and behaviour in the prevention and management of equine gastric ulcers.

Enteroliths: Is Your Horse at Risk?

October 2018

Enteroliths are stones that can form in the large intestine (right dorsal colon) of the horse that may cause partial or complete blockage of the intestine. They are one of the many causes of colic in horses. This article reviews the dietary factors associated with the formation of enteroliths.

The Gut Microbiome and Health: Researchers Team Up to Learn More

July 2018

Horse owners know the importance of teamwork. When your partner weighs 1,000 pounds, the importance of listening to and learning about their perspective is clear. Teamwork is also important when it comes to research and is the driving force behind many important scientific discoveries.

The Mystery of Colic in the Horse

June 2018

Even though colic is a common ailment in horses, it can be mysterious and frightening for horse owners.  Colic is a generalised term referring to any type of abdominal pain in the horse and most commonly originates from within the gastrointestinal tract, or gut.  This article will focus on the gastrointestinal causes of colic to help horse owners broaden their understanding of the problem and be able to make informed decisions regarding their horse if colic does occur. 

Prebiotics and Probiotics in Horses, Brought to you by Hygain Feeds

December 2016

The hindgut (cecum and colon) of the horse has a microbial population (microbes: bacteria, yeast, fungi) that ferment and breakdown fibre. Without these microbes in the hindgut, horses would not be able to digest and utilise plant material, such as hay and pasture.  

Colic: Part 2

October 2016

“I think my horse has colic...” These are the words many horse owners worry about. Colic means pain in the abdomen, but it is a clinical sign, rather than a diagnosis. From impaction colic or sand colic to twisted bowel, gas build up or parasite infestation, colic is the number one killer of horses worldwide. In this two-part series, Dr Kylie Schaaf from WestVETS Animal Hospital & Equine Reproduction Centre outlines the essential information that every horse owner should know about this potentially fatal condition. 

Colic in Horses: Causes, Clinical Signs and Prevention

October 2016

The term ‘colic’ strikes fear among horse owners. Colic is not a disease, but rather a generic term that refers to a combination of signs that alert us to abdominal pain in the horse, which may be due to an accumulation of gas, fluid or feed. 


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