Did you know that hindgut inflammation may be associated with behavioural issues?
Veterinarian David Platt shares what he’s learned about behavioural problems, hindgut issues, and SUCCEED:
“As a busy equine veterinarian I have become increasingly aware of a link between low grade hind gut inflammation and behavioural issues or poor performance in competition horses.
Over the last twelve months I have been evaluating all horses presenting with mild to severe behavioural issues when ridden; that have no physical evidence of any underlying orthopaedic or other clinical conditions. I have tested for the presence of hindgut inflammation using the SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test (FBT).
In many of these cases, the FBT results have revealed an increase in albumin loss in the
dung consistent with an inflamed hind gut wall. Gastroscopy of most of these horses failed to reveal any evidence of stomach lining ulceration. In all of these cases I removed the cereal content in their diet and started them on SUCCEED® Digestive Conditioning Program. The results have been quite startling.
Within a few days many of these animals became significantly calmer, less resistant, more forward going and have stopped misbehaving when ridden, much to the relief of their worried riders.
SUCCEED is an excellent product that I now routinely feed as part of my management of all horses demonstrating intestinal disturbances, loss of condition, poor performance or have developed behavioural issues when ridden. Feeding SUCCEED is unlikely to be the panacea for all horses that have behavioural difficulties when ridden, but I am convinced that many horses demonstrating such behaviour are avoiding work because they are uncomfortable as a result of reversible low grade hind gut inflammation.”
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