WHAT ARE SOME KEY ITEMS ABOUT THE HORSES DIGESTIVE SYSTEM?

Performance Horse Nutrition

1 – The digestive system of a horses contains a simple stomach.  The small size of this stomach reveals that horses are best suited for small, frequent meals.

2 – Digestion should be continuous.  Horses perform optimally if they have hay or pasture in front of them at all times.

3- The grain (starch) portion of the diet is intended to be digested in the small intestine.

4 – Roughly 65% of the digestive capacity of the  gastrointestinal system is dedicated to the digestion (fermentation) of plant fibers.  This indicates that forage (such as hay or pasture) should be the main ingredient.