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Identifying Bacterial Factors That Contribute to Equine Disorders

Overconsumption of carbohydrates increases bacterial fermentation, microbial by-products and acidity in a horse’s gut and can lead to potentially devastating disorders, including colic, diarrhea and laminitis. This study examines how the hindgut bacteria respond to increased carbohydrate ingestion in order to identify bacterial factors that may contribute to development of various disorders. The information may lead to novel preventive practices or treatments.

Dr. Jan Janecka, Texas A&M University