The digestive system of horses is a biological engineering marvel. It is an intricate and complex network made to draw nutrients from a diet primarily made up of forage. In this article, we will examine the anatomy of the hindgut, as well as its function and the role it plays in the digestive process of horses.
Short Chain Fatty Acids
A useful review which highlights the complexities of understanding the involvement of the microbiome in equine colic. Several different factors are involved in the expression of the gut microbiome in any individual horse and there can be wide variation even in healthy animals. Contributions from the diet and from the environment are known to be important
Dr Rosemary Waring provides the following review looking at the impact of feeding EquiNectar on mood and behaviour. Background Research in both man and animals has suggested that there is a ‘gut/brain’ axis, where the gut microbiome can modulate the expression of mood and behaviour, altering the tendency to depression, anxiety and repetitive behavioural patterns