How Can EquiBiome Help My Horse?
The equine diet has changed hugely in the last 20 years.
Most horse food is highly processed, being finely milled or ground. The holding vat or caecum of the horse's hind gut has evolved to slowly digest very fibrous food items. Introducing finely milled ingredients changes the fermentation process within the hind gut. Feed balancers and vitamin supplements also change the microbiome. The Equibiome test lets you know if what you are feeding is suitable for your horses needs.
Why is Hind Gut Health So Important?
The bacteria, fungi, archaea and protozoa, living in the hind gut are directly responsible for energy metabolism. Energy metabolites can be easily collected and analysed to give a full picture of the microbiome. This information gives valuable insight into the energy produced and whether it is sufficient for performance horses.
The Test will also tell you if there are any imbalances associated with discomfort.
Could My Horse Become Ill because of an Imbalance?
Veterinary research has reported links between bacteria and ill health. Pathogenic bacteria proliferate in certain conditions, causing colitis, inflammation, colic and dysbiosis. A simple faecal sample can be taken and analysed, using the latest MiSeq sequencing technology, to provide accurate and real time information of the gut microbiome.
This information can be used to manage the diet to provide an environment where the good gut bacteria can thrive.
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