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Digestive System

Treating Ulcers with Supplements: How Effective Are They?

August 2016

In this article, equine nutritionist Karen Richardson reviews the scientific research available to find out if the claims made by supplements based on pectin-lecithin complexes match their effectiveness in preventing and treating equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS). Understanding phospholipids’ protective role

Inside the Horse's Gut

August 2016

Veterinary and engineering researchers at Canada’s University of Saskatchewan have teamed up to harness imaging technology to fill in a blank area in equine health: What really goes on inside the horse’s gut? “Whenever I talk to students about the horse abdomen, I put up a picture of a horse and put a big question mark in the middle,” says veterinary researcher Dr Julia Montgomery in the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Are Pectin-Lecithin Supplements Effective in Preventing and Treating Ulcers?

July 2016

In this article, equine nutritionist Karen Richardson reviews the scientific research available to find out if the claims made by supplements based on pectin-lecithin complexes match their effectiveness in preventing and treating equine gastric ulcers (EGUS). Understanding phospholipids' protective role

First True Insight into the Horse's Gut

June 2016

Veterinary and engineering researchers at Canada's University of Saskatchewan have teamed up to harness imaging technology to fill in a blank area in animal health: What goes on inside the horse’s gut? “Whenever I talk to students about the horse abdomen, I put up a picture of a horse and put a big question mark in the middle,” says veterinary researcher Dr. Julia Montgomery in the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Montgomery worked with equine surgeon Dr.

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

March 2016

Traditionally believed to be primarily a disease of racing horses, ulcers are now known to be a far more common problem than previously thought. Up to 93% of elite endurance horses and 60% of show, western performance, dressage, showjumping and event horses may have Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS). Recognising EGUS can be extremely difficult as there are no characteristic signs particular to the disease. In fact, some horses will not show any clinical signs of disease other than the presenting complaint of ‘poor performance’.  Presenting signs

Facts on Ulcers

April 2014

Forage, friends and freedom  The horse you own today is not that different to the horses we began domesticating thousands of years ago. Our selective breeding over time has mainly targeted conformation characteristics and suitability for the different work required. However, the horse’s physiological and behavioural characteristics are virtually unchanged. This means that your horse is essentially a herbivore whose focus is foraging in an accurate and targeted way. 

Anatomy of the digestive system - Part 1: From the mouth to the stomach

November 2012

Digestive and metabolic disorders are very common in the domestic horse and in the majority of the cases they can be traced back to the way we manage and feed our horses. In this three part series we dissect the equine gastrointestinal (GI) tract to gain a better understanding of the digestive process and learn how we should keep our horses, and what feeding management we should follow to maintain optimal (digestive) health in our horses.

Anatomy of the digestive system - Part 2 The Small Intestine

November 2012

Digestive and metabolic disorders are very common in the domestic horse and in the majority of the cases they can be traced back to the way we manage and feed our horses. 

Anatomy of the Digestive Tract - Part 3 The Large Intestine

November 2012

Digestive and metabolic disorders are very common in the domestic horse and in the majority of the cases they can be traced back to the way we manage and feed our horses. 

Equine Gastric Ulcers, risk factors and diagnosis

July 2012

Traditionally believed to be primarily a disease of racing horses, ulcers are now known to be a far more common problem than previously thought. Up to 93% of elite endurance horses and 60% of show, western performance, dressage, showjumping and event horses may have EGUS.  

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