unlock healthy digestion
Digestive problems in horses can be caused by a variety of factors related to feed management, husbandry, and training. Here's a checklist of possible causes to consider when a horse is experiencing digestive issues:
- Is the horse receiving an appropriate balance of forage (hay or pasture) and concentrate (grain) in their diet?
Are there sudden changes in the diet?
- Is the hay/pasture of good quality, free from mold, dust, and toxins?
- Is there an appropriate ratio of grass to legumes in the forage?
Is the horse fed on a regular schedule?
Is there an appropriate gap between meals?
Is the horse receiving the right amount of feed for their age, weight, and activity level?
Are there any issues with portion control?
Is the horse provided with clean, fresh water at all times?
Is there any chance of water contamination or scarcity?
Is the horse exposed to excessive stress, such as social isolation, frequent traveling, or changes in routine?
Has the horse been dewormed regularly and is the deworming program effective?
Are there any dental issues, such as sharp points or dental problems?
Exercise and Turnout:
Is the horse receiving adequate exercise and turnout time?
Is the horse housed in a clean and well-ventilated environment?
Are there any toxins or irritants present in the stable?
Is the training too intense or are there sudden increases in workload?
Tack and Equipment:
Are the tack / equipment properly fitted to the horse?
Are there any issues causing discomfort during training?
Rest and Recovery:
Is the horse allowed sufficient time for rest and recovery between training sessions?
Is the horse displaying behavioral problems during training that may be related to discomfort or stress?
It's important to remember that digestive problems in horses can have multiple underlying causes, and a veterinarian should be consulted if the issues persist or worsen. Regular monitoring of a horse's overall health and well-being, along with attention to these factors, can help prevent and address digestive problems effectively.
Pleun Broeren, nutritionist