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Try Supplementing Yeast When Changing a Horse’s Diet

Try Supplementing Yeast When Changing a Horse’s Diet
By Alexandra Beckstett
Abrupt diet changes can affect the beneficial microbial population in horses’ hindguts and increase their risk of developing colic and laminitis. 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.
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