Tag Archives: fermentation

The Hind Gut Acidity Bandwagon is Dangerous

It’s the trendy diagnosis.  Hind gut acidity, sometimes used synonymously with hind gut ulcers, is blamed for a staggering array of signs ranging from poor appetite to cracked hooves to right hind lameness and any undesirable behavior trait you can … Continue reading

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Hay – Much More than Fiber

Hay used to be widely viewed as having little or no nutritional value beyond being a source of fiber which provided horses with chew time and made them feel full between meals.  That has largely changed but even those who … Continue reading

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Fire in the Belly

You’ve heard your horse’s intestinal tract referred to as a furnace.  Obviously that’s not literally what happens.  It is where fermentation takes place.  Fermentation reactions produce cheese and your favorite adult beverage but that’s not what is going on either. … Continue reading

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Worried about Hay Belly?

“Hay belly” refers to distention of the abdomen. When viewed from the front, the horse looks pregnant. However, it is not caused by hay per se. A horse can eat very large amounts of hay and still look trim. It’s … Continue reading

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