More information on digestive upset in horses
Researchers in the UK are making progress in determining what contributes to gut upset in horses. Scientists at Aberystwyth University discovered that a horse’s hind gut has a basic colony of bacteria which is made up by many uncommon types of bacteria.
This could explain why the equine gut is so vulnerable to diet and other changes that veterinarians have often warned could lead to colic or laminitis–if the balance of those few uncommon bacteria gets off balance, it may be harder than originally thought to set them right again.
Study authors also hope that by identifying those core bacteria, it will be easier to learn which ones are related to which disorders.
Read more about the research from our friends over at HorseTalk New Zealand