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Digestive Anatomy: Why We Feed Horses the Way We Do

The horse's digestive system and the human digestive system share many similarities; however there are some specific differences in the horse's digestive system that affect the way feedstuffs are digested and absorbed. Horses also have specific nutrient requirements which should be provided through a balanced diet.

In this presentation, Dr. Carey Williams, Equine Extension Specialist and Professor at Rutgers University, will take you on a tour of the horse's digestive tract and will discuss the different problems that can occur. She will also discuss how to feed a horse a balanced diet in order to keep the digestive tract functioning at its best.

This presentation is free and provided as a partnership between eXtension Horses and My Horse University. The presentation will be archived, along with previous presentations, at

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