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Equine Gut Health 101

Good digestion is central to the horse’s health, attitude, behavior, and ability to perform. Knowing how equine digestion works in its ideal state and what goes wrong will help you understand how to better manage total gastrointestinal health in your horses.

Horses have complex digestive systems that have evolved to support constant forage intake while wandering and grazing all day. The bulk of their digestion happens via hindgut fermentation. But, this system  is delicate and easily disrupted.

Today, horses have drastically different lifestyles that can compromise digestive tract  health and increase the risk of gastrointestinal problems. Owners can minimize these risks with strategic management that supports overall digestive health in horses.


Challenges to GI Tract Health

  • Grain feeds
  • Large meals 2-3 times per day
  • Limited turnout
  • Stress from training, hauling, and competing
  • New environments
  • Changing routines

Management Helps

  • Free-choice, high-quality forage
  • Increased turnout
  • Reducing grain feeds
  • Smaller, more frequent meals
  • Consistent routines
  • Supplement for ongoing gi tract health support

How Correct Digestion Works in Horses

Horses are hindgut fermenters, evolved so as to support a low-key, grazing lifestyle. But this differs from how we feed, manage and use most horses today. So, it’s critical to understand how appropriate digestion works in horses and what you can do to better support it.

Common Digestive Problems in Horses

Research suggests the vast majority of performance horses may face gastrointestinal challenges. Unfortunately, many equine gastrointestinal tract health conditions go undiagnosed, leading to ongoing behavioral, performance and wellness problems that often mask as different issues, rather than symptoms of an underlying problem.

While digestive tract health management often focuses on preventing and treating issues in the stomach, this organ comprises less than 10% of the equine digestive tract’s total volume. Many serious GI tract conditions originate in the often-overlooked hindgut. Learn more about common digestive issues in horses.

How SUCCEED® Supports Healthy Digestion

SUCCEED Digestive Conditioning Program supports healthy digestion by keeping the GI tract in optimal condition. Good digestion is essential for nutrient absorption, weight maintenance, mental focus, physical ability, and much more.

Healthy Gastrointestinal Lining

SUCCEED ingredients work together to support the strength and integrity of mucosal tissue as well as mucus production for a health gut lining.

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Balanced Gut Microbiota

SUCCEED includes prebiotics to feed the growth of beneficial bacteria in the hindgut. It also supports a healthy bacterial balance and immunity.

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Full Nutrient Absorption

For a horse to fully utilize feed, its gut needs to have a wide surface area, intestinal villi motility, proper feed transit rate, and strong epithelial cell junctions.

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These benefits are especially important for horses subject to modern management factors that increase the risk of gastrointestinal problems. Learn more about SUCCEED products and how they work.

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