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A Novel Approach to Balancing the Equine Digestive Microflora

The equine digestive microbiome has become an area of interest in recent research, attempting to determine if connections exist with other health and lameness concerns.  In human research, a large amount of data has been produced regarding the health of the digestive microbiome and implications on overall health and quality of life in the individual.  […]

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Incredible Findings in Equine Gut Health and Soundness Research

The microbiome in the horse’s digestive tract is a living entity of itself, almost like a separate organ system within the body.  In states of health, the balance between species of bacteria, protozoa, and yeast is in harmony, while in states of disease, the opposite is true.  This state of dysbiosis or imbalance is important and is becoming more closely linked with a variety of health issues impacting the horse based on our research, mirroring what is being revealed in human health.  Establishing means of intervention is paramount due to the fact that the problem is becoming more prominent.  Our recent research has opened the door for newer options that may be extremely promising not just for gastrointestinal health, but overall health and even soundness in the horse.  The results are just incredible! (more…)

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The Equine Diet and Picky Eaters; Thoughts and Concerns

One of my major concerns, as a veterinarian and researcher, is the equine inflammatory process and how it can dictate health and soundness.  This process is complex, involving many contributors, but diet is a major player.  As we investigate further the impact of gastrointestinal health on equine health and soundness, certain things begin to fall into place and become more obvious. The first item is diet, what we are feeding and how we define this. The second item of concern is the picky eater, which more than likely we have all encountered at one time or another.  Many owners feel this ‘pickiness’ is often ‘cute’ or a trait for a particular horse….but is there more to it?  Is this picky eater status a symptom or sign of something larger in the equine industry? (more…)

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