The seminar last night was actually very informative and I did learn/question a thing or two. Initially we looked at a horse’s digestive system in comparison to a human, cow and a dog. Most of the digestive process takes place in the hind gut, as the horse has a smaller stomach and intestine than most mammals, and so foods that are easily and quickly digested are broken down better by the time they reach the large intestine, which is where the horse’s body extracts the good stuff from his food.
I also purchased a bag of Alltech Life Force supplement, which is quite pricey but sounds amazing. It is a yeast based multivitamin, so full of good probiotics and antioxidants. Fed with a balanced hard feed, it contains everything that our soil lacks and more. It also came with a little WEG teddy horse which is cute, and the rep is one of L’s clients! Small world we live in!
My mission is horses with happy tummies, I’ll write more in the future about individual areas of digestion as I learn – serious colic is my biggest fear and so I’m jumping on any way I can prevent it happening to another of my horses.