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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Giving Your Horse A Healthy Hindgut



Every equestrian wants their horse to be the healthiest, happiest pony on the planet. It’s only natural.
And a huge part of this is to keep your horse’s hindgut super-healthy because this is where (spoiler alert: we’re about to get technical) most of the fibre is fermented by microbes to produce energy and certain
vitamins. The point is: it’s important. Of course, it’s not just about helping the hindgut be as
healthy as possible, it’s about preventing an unhealthy gut too, which can cause problems in your
horse’s (it’s about to happen again) gastrointestinal tract. We’re talking about things like colic and
acidosis.





So, without further ado, here is how you can improve your horse’s diet and keep their hindgut as
happy as Larry:


1. Horses Need Lots Of H20

Nothing is going to up your horse’s chances of hindgut issues more than dehydration. Of course, you
can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. So, if your horse is reluctant to slurp on the
clear stuff, try soaking their feeds or hay. Or, if that doesn’t work, hand them warm water, which has
been known to work.


2. Forage Is So Gooood

Horses love a bit of ad-lib forage, so try and get your hooves on some whenever possible. Of course,
this isn’t always easy. Alas, you should try and ensure forage is fed regularly otherwise you’re upping your beloved horse’s risks of getting colic, ulcers, and other digestive problems.





3. Additional Energy Can Help

If you haven’t heard of Great Plains Processing, then you need to contact them now and ask about
their high-quality nutritional protein supplement, which is a great way of helping your horse out when
he or she needs extra energy or condition. The other thing you can use, however, is oils which, when
added to the diet gradually, are a lot kinder to the gut than high-carb diets.


4. The Less Starch The Better

We’re not saying you should cut this out completely, but if you feed your horse too much starch in
one go, well, it tends to get pushed through the small intestine far too quickly, which means it doesn’t
get properly digested before it enters the hindgut, which isn’t exactly great news for your horse.





5. Slowly But Surely

When you know you need to make some changes to your horse’s diet, it’s best that you do so slowly
and gradually. This is because any abrupt changes to their diet can cause a decent dollop of upset
to the delicate balance of microorganisms in their hindgut, and this will cause discomfort.


6. Nothing Is Better Than Biotics


Whether you go for pre or probiotics, it doesn’t really matter. If your horse is noticeably prone to gut
disturbances or you've recently given him or her antibiotics or wormers, feeding them a really
high-quality prebiotic and probiotic supplement on a daily basis will really help the growth of good
bacteria in their hindgut, not to mention boost their overall digestive health.



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