Essay about The Horse 's Digestive System

1955 Words Apr 7th, 2015 null Page
Every morning for anyone who owns or takes care for horses starts out just about the same. You wake up and before you even think about eating, you are walking out to the barn to check on your horses and give them their breakfast. Except, today something is wrong. One of your horses is laying down in their stall, rolling, not eating or drinking, and is kicking at their stomach. These few clues can be a horse owner’s worst nightmare. These are symptoms of the dreaded illness, colic. Colic is defined by Agripedia (2009) as “the general term indicating abdominal pain in horses.” There are three major types of colic, including impaction colic, twist gut colic, and compaction colic. All three types of colic are similar, yet are very different. However, to fully understand how colic affects a horse, you must understand the animal’s digestive system. The horse’s digestive system can somewhat compare to the digestive system of a human. Both share a mouth, esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. The only major difference is that the horse has a different large intestine set up. According to Sellnow (2006),”there are five basic parts to the large intestine. They are the cecum, which is about four feet long and one foot in diameter; the large colon, which is about 12 feet long and 10 inches in diameter; the small colon, which is about 10 feet long and four inches in diameter; the rectum; and the anus.” A horse’s diet does not only consist of forages such as grass and hay, but also…

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