LEADING THE WAY
IN HINDGUT HEALTH
KER began investigating the effects of changes to hindgut conditions in the early 2000s. Hindgut acidosis is a common problem in horses consuming large quantities of either grain or fructan-rich forages. This dietary regimen may lead to shifts in hindgut acidity when a portion of the grain starch is not digested in the small intestine. Passing into the cecum and colon, the starch is rapidly fermented, changing the environment of the hindgut. Horses suffering from this condition may develop anorexia, colic, or laminitis, and may develop behaviours like wood chewing, weaving, and stall walking.
Researchers found they were able to help horses maintain more consistent hindgut pH through use of a time-released balancer, available as EquiShure. Horse owners around the world have used EquiShure with great success.
“I believe that a horse’s condition can only be as good as its digestive system,” says Olympic eventer Amanda Ross. “If the horse has issues digesting feed, it doesn’t matter how good the feed ration is — the horse cannot utilise it effectively! I use EquiShure on all my competition team, and as a result, have actually reduced the amount of feed the horses require to look and feel amazing! I’ve seen long-term digestive upsets resolved within a week of feeding EquiShure, and I feel it’s essential considering the workload, travel, and competition stress my horses are under. They all feel super, eat well, and perform well as a result.”
Learn more about the research supporting EquiShure at ker.com.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT
THE RESEARCH FARMS
Kentucky Equine Research applies the results of research trials to create innovative supplements, validate unique feed ingredients, and optimise partner feeds.
KER’s picturesque 150-acre research farm is located in the heart of Kentucky’s thoroughbred region. The farm offers a high-speed treadmill, six-horse walker, laboratory, and other equipment enabling staff to carry out a variety of research protocols. A dedicated Thoroughbred Training Centre in Ocala, Florida, enables researchers to observe the influence of nutritional changes in active racehorses in a typical training environment.
Around 40 horses are “on staff” contributing to research studies. These horses include eventers and racehorses in active training, as well as career research horses that gallop on the treadmill and participate in digestibility trials. Pensioners live out their days on the farm with occasional input on palatability and quality control studies.
The facilities are staffed by on-site equine nutritionists, experienced farm managers, and research interns. These interns participate in study design and protocol hands-on, as well as seeing the day-to-day operations of a large working farm. Visitors and tour groups are welcome by appointment. Learn more at ker.com.