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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 gut 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 gut health and increase the risk of gastrointestinal problems. Owners can minimize these risks with strategic management that supports gut health in horses.
Research suggests the vast majority of performance horses may face gastrointestinal challenges. Unfortunately, many equine gut 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 gut 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 gut conditions originate in the often-overlooked hindgut. Learn more about common digestive issues in horses.
SUCCEED ingredients work together to support the strength and integrity of mucosal tissue as well as mucus production for a health gut lining.
SUCCEED includes prebiotics to feed the growth of beneficial bacteria in the hindgut. It also supports a healthy bacterial balance and immunity.
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.
Find out if your horse’s health and performance could benefit from added digestive support.
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