Fireside Chat Video 9 – Digestion – The Small Intestine

Fireside Chat - Episode 9 - Digestion - The Small Intestine

In this episode we look at the small intestine which is where the majority of nutrients are absorbed before passage into the large intestine. The action of digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas are absolutely critical not only to ensure the absorption of nutrients through the intestinal villi but, and in today’s grain heavy diets perhaps most importantly, to breakdown carbohydrate starches as effectively as possibly to reduce the risk of gas passing into the large intestine.

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Fireside Chat Video 8 – Digestion – The Horse’s Stomach

Fireside Chat - Episode 8 - Digestion - The Horse's Stomach

In the second video discussing the horse’s digestive system we focus on the horse’s stomach. The stomach has become more and more of a focal point in recent years as the incidence of gastric ulcers, particularly in racing and performance horses, has continued to rise. A combination of stress and infrequent feeding are the primary causes that we understand have increased this problem and there a lot of products in the marketplace that erroneously claim to be “ulcer” products. I also talk about the beginning of the digestive process that occurs in the stomach where the initial breakdown of feed occurs prior to entering the small intestine.

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Fireside Chat Video 7 – Introduction to Digestion

Fireside Chat - Episode 7 - Digestive System Primer

In the first of a series of videos discussing the digestive system I wanted to present a big picture viewpoint of the various elements in the horse’s digestive tract explaining a little bit about how they work and the important features and challenges that are present. In subsequent videos we will be breaking this analysis down to the individual components the stomach, small intestine and large intestine.

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Fireside Chat Video 6 – Joint Supplement Wrap-Up

Fireside Chat Episode 6 - Horse Joint Supplement Wrap-Up

In our final joints video I wanted to summarize some of the key elements discussed in the previous joint videos and to identify the key takeaways I hope you can get from this part of the series. One is that it is not necessary to always start with the products that have the highest levels and the most active ingredients as that may be more product than your horse needs and it seems silly to waste the extra money when you could achieve good results by using more of an entry level type joint supplement. We are strong proponents of using joint supplements, if you are in a high performance riding discipline, as a way of providing the extra nutritional support the joints may need in much the same way as people generally use supplements, to help reduce the risk of issues later.

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Fireside Chat Video 5 – Joint Nutrients Hylauronic Acid and MSM

Fireside Chat 5 - Hylauronic Acid and MSM

In this episode we wanted to explain some details about Hylauronic acid and MSM. In the last ten years both of these ingredients have become commonplace in joint supplements. HA has long been used in injectable form but when the oral HA was introduced within a matter of months virtually every manufacturer had added HA to formulas or launched standalone HA products. While the idea behind adding HA makes perfect sense there are some question marks about its ability to be absorbed which are covered. MSM has been around quite a bit longer and is often fed alone for joint support which is not really using it the best or most effective way. MSM acts as a way of enhancing the delivery of nutrients through the body, acting as a sulfur source and co-factor for the activation of many other nutrients.

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