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GI management to prevent laminitis and support hoof health
The horse’s hoof and its gastrointestinal tract are both uniquely complex structures important to the animal’s overall wellbeing and performance. In both cases, disease or generally suboptimal health can result in catastrophic consequences. This is hardly a coincidence, as there is a clear relationship between the two.
The health of the hoof depends on good nutrition and a healthy intestinal tract to obtain the nutritional elements required for growth and soundness. Disease conditions of the gastrointestinal tract can lead to malnutrition of the hoof, which can weaken its structural integrity. In addition, if the microbiota, which resides in the intestinal tract, becomes unbalanced, the subsequent systemic release of toxins can result in inflammation and pain in the hoof (laminitis).
This white paper covers the following:
Factors that impact hoof health
Exploring the link between digestive health and hoof health
How good nutrition can lead to better hoof health
The challenge of digestive health in performance horses
The role of the SUCCEED Digestive Conditioning Program
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Summary The patient in this case presented initially for evaluation of a lameness, and in turn was tentatively diagnosed with a hindgut ulcerative condition. The owners were unaware of the patient’s concurrent condition, but when […]
Since 2013, Professor Derek Knottenbelt and a team of researchers at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, have been studying gastrointestinal diseases in horses. While much research exists for understanding gastric ulcers, until now very little […]
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By Dr. Emma Hardy. Specific nutrition, feeding and management regimens are required to meet the high demands placed on today’s performance horse. A diet high in energy-dense non-structural carbohydrate, but often lacking in sufficient fibre and […]
By Dr. Emma Hardy. Extensive research conducted by Freedom Health LLC, and independently at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, is shifting the spotlight in equine gastrointestinal (GI) disease towards the hindgut, and […]
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