By Alexandra Beckstett
Abrupt diet changes can affect the beneficial microbial population in horses’ hindguts and increase their risk of developing colic
. Sometimes, however, it’s not possible for owners to make diet changes gradually, as is recommended by equine nutritionists and veterinarians. A researcher in Scotland recently confirmed it might be appropriate to provide a particular supplement to ease the transition in these cases.
Anna Garber, a postgraduate student at the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine, evaluated whether a yeast supplement would help mitigate the risks associated with sudden diet changes. She shared her findings at the 2019 Equine Science Society Symposium, held June 3-6 in Asheville, North Carolina.
“Most owners change horses’ diets from pasture to conserved forage and vice versa twice a year,” when going in and out of winter, Garber said. So she studied this specific scenario.Click here to see more...