Fireside Chat Video 11 – Digestion – Wrap Up

Grand Meadows Fireside Chat - Episode 11 - Digestion Wrap Up

In our final episode on the digestive system we wanted to break down how different supplement products address the three key segments of the digestive system and to also try to explain from our perspective the differences between prebiotics and probiotics. We have received a lot of questions through the episodes dealing with the digestive system and hope that this segment of the Fireside video series has provided usable information so that horse owners can make a more informed choice, should they decide they want to feed a digestion supplement.

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Fireside Chat Video 10 – Digestion – The Large Intestine

Fireside Chat Video 10 – Digestion - The Large Intestine

In this video on the large intestine, we talk about the potential hazards that can occur in the large intestine speaking specifically about the ph getting too low and the effect that can have on the beneficial microbial population, the absorption of remaining nutrients, volatile fatty acid production and the production of B vitamins.

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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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