Learn To Cure Gas Or Spasmodic Horse Colic: Understanding Digestive System Of Horses 2022


When gas accumulates, it is typically in the cecum or the large intestine of the horse. This causes the walls to expand and stretch, which results in pain.

Symptoms frequently manifest themselves all of a sudden and may be episodic or associated with eating. The degree to which the bowel walls are stretched, as well as your horse’s reaction to the pain that it causes, is directly proportional to the severity of the condition.

The most common form of colic in horses is known as gas colic, and it typically gets better on its own or with relatively straightforward medical treatment.

Internal parasites and high-carb diets (grain and lush pasture are two examples) are the most common causes of the condition; however, other factors such as travel, changes in water or food, excessive work, and even weather changes can also trigger an episode.

Gain a better understanding of the causes of gas colic in horses by first gaining a better understanding of the horse’s digestive system.

Digestive System of the Horse

The stomach is a relatively small organ when compared to the rest of the digestive tract in your horse. Her stomach isn’t big enough to hold a lot of food at once, but if she doesn’t eat enough, it can lead to an accumulation of gas, which can cause colic.

  • The Foregut

The feed is ground up and pulverized by your horse’s teeth as she consumes it. It makes its way down to her stomach, where it is mixed, stored, and partially digested before being transported to the small intestine or upper gut, which is the area of the digestive tract where the majority of nutrients are absorbed. The stomach and the small intestine are both relatively quick passageways for food. If your horse consumes too much food in too short of a period of time, large quantities of soluble carbohydrates may be pushed into the large intestine, where they may ferment and result in…you guessed it…colic.

  • The Hindgut

After traveling through the small intestine in the appropriate quantity, the food eventually reaches the cecum (which forms, with the large colon, the organ known as the large intestine or hindgut). The cecum is responsible for the fermentation of undigested nutrients, and the results are then sent to the colon to be processed further. Fermentation results in the production of nutrients that are essential to your horse’s health; however, fermentation can also result in gas colic in horses. In the event that the hindgut is exposed to large quantities of soluble carbohydrates such as starch, your horse may produce gases at a rate that is greater than its ability to absorb or expel them.

Your horse’s digestive tract was built for constant grazing, so it’s best to keep him out in the pasture. Gaining knowledge of the most effective feeding techniques can help you avoid or reduce the occurrence of colic.

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