Horse Gastrointestinal and Digestive Medicine
Horses have a unique gastrointestinal system relative to other mammals. They are non-ruminant herbivores, meaning they only eat plants. Unlike other herbivores such as cows, horses only have one compartment stomach for digestion. Much of your horse’s digestion occurs as fermentation in the cecum and large colon. This unique process greatly affects how horses digest food and how to maintain their gut health. If you’re new to horse care, check out our guide, Common Horse Breeds and Types of Horses.