Dysbiosis (Part 3)
In parts 1 and 2 I wrote a bit about imbalance in the hind gut in horses, and touched on some of the things that can lead to this dysbiosis. If diet, medications, and illness can contribute to this problem, how does one go about rebalancing this system?
Researchers in the US are just beginning to study this topic by taking the first step:
1) Determining what a normal/healthy equine hind gut looks like.
2) Determining if the hind gut of a horse differs regionally based on diet.
3) Determining what needs to be fed to restore natural balance to the equine biome.
Researchers in the UK, working with universities and researchers in other countries have a decades long head start on us so if you are keen to get answers about what the hind gut health of your horse you can order a kit to have your horse's hind gut tested with a kit you purchase from the following site:
It's $300.00 well spent as they not only tell you what type of beneficial and detrimental bacteria are thriving in your horses hind gut, but they also provide you with guidance on what you can do to improve hind gut function.
I could spend a good deal of time scratching the surface of this topic, but for those of you who are interested in learning more about why you should feed for the hind gut to improve the health of your horse, you can copy and paste the following link into your search engine and immerse yourself in cutting edge research on this important topic.