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Part 3. The Importance of the Digestive System


For an in depth explanation of the full digestive system check         
this video:


HORSES GRAZE FOR 16 HOURS IN A DAY IN THE WILD



TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE


- Ideally, how long should a horse be able to graze everyday? Why?

- What is the minimum forage needed every day for a normal healthy horse? Why?

- How much saliva does a horse produce per day?




TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE


- Why can’t horses vomit?

- If you see your horse is hogging down his feed, what is the risk? What can you do to slow it down?





TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE


- What determines how long the feed stays in a horse’s stomach? What do we mean by the stomach has a “drip system”?

- What are ulcers? How are they caused?


While under-feeding is a big concern, over-feeding also causes issues. Check this video here:


TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE


- Why is it important to keep hind gut full of forage?

- What can happen to your horse if he doesn’t have enough forage in his hind gut?


Check this video for tips to find out if your horses is dehydrated:

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE


- Why you should not change horse feed suddenly?

- What happens if there isn’t enough water in the digestive system?



TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE


- What kind of a colic is large colon prone to?




TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE


- What happen to excess moisture here?

- How much time it takes for the feed to turn into a dung?


To get a real life idea of the sheer size of each part of the digestive system check this video:

If you notice that a horse is not performing well, you always need to check whether ulcers can be an issue

Here’s your chance to experience autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) by listening to a horse eat:


If you thought horse feed knowledge was boring, check what this foal has to say about it.


Bonus video: Why is it so expensive to keep horses?

Exercise at home:


* Try to think of all the times you’ve come across horses or went to stables. Did they have access to food and water throughout most of the day?


Exercise at the stables:

* Every time you visit a stable or riding area, keep an eye out and try to see if horses have access to sufficient forage and water. Hint: the size of their belly is often an indication of the answer.

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