All tagged Digestive System
The use of homespun and herbal remedies may have been superseded by
wormers formulated after lengthy research programmes, but the control of
worms in the horse remains as important for horsemen today as it was
when the significance of these unwanted passengers was first understood.
Dr Philip K Dyson BVMS Cert. EM and Barry Sangster BVMS MRCVS (19 May 2007)
Removal of fibre and water intake before a race are supposed to enhance performance in Racehorses… Surely this is not sound practice, let alone science. No sensible, modern day athlete would go out of their way to cause discomfort in their digestive system and thereby reduce performance, let alone remove hydration.
Vets and other professionals recognise that gastrointestinal function and health in horses exists in a finely balanced state. Most conditions relating to the intestinal tract, for example colic and diarrhoea are well understood and are most commonly treated either medically or surgically.
Dr Mark Dunnett & Dr Catherine Dunnett (European Trainer - issue 15 - Autumn 2006)
Dietary protein is probably one of the most talked about elements of a racehorses’ diet, which is unfortunately ill deserved. Whilst the level of protein in the diet is important for tissue growth and repair, it is probably the least important source of energy to the athletic horse when compared to starch, fibre and oil.
Dr Catherine Dunnett (European Trainer - issue 13 - Spring 2006)
Previous articles in Trainer have looked at how the horse, regardless of what he has been developed to do, remains the nomadic, trickle feeding animal that nature designed him to be. We have also examined how modern diet and management, combined with the physical and mental stress imposed on the competition and racing animal are contributory factors in a variety of problems, including ‘stereotypy’ behaviour such as cribbing and windsucking, and the perennial problem of ulcers and colic.
Sue McMullen (European Trainer - issue 7 - Spring 2007)