IS IT NORMAL FOR MY HORSE TO BE THIS GASSY?

Customer:

Hello, I have a 19 month old Andalusian that is already 15.2 hands. I am feeding mostly orchard grass and about 1/3 of his diet is a grass alfalfa mix. No grain. His weight is good. I feed him Horse Guard. He seems gassier than my other horses. His stool is normal, he has had a panacur powerpack (was gassy before that. What are common causes of gas in horses? I have fed all of my horses Horse Guard for over 10 yrs. I live outside Portland, OR. Thanks

Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:

It is perfectly normal for horses to be very gassy. As they ferment forage in their hindgut gas is produced as a by-product. So, it sounds if your Andalusian has a very efficient digestive tract. You have nothing to worry about. If he’s in good body condition, I would keep him on his current feed regime.

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About Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S.

Kelsey J. Nonella, Ph.D. is an equine nutritionist who was riding horses before she could walk. Her love for horses drives her to help educate people on what their horses’ needs in order to have happy, healthy horses. Kelsey went to Cal Poly receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and then onto West Texas A&M, where she got her Masters and eventually her Doctorates in Equine Science. At A&M, Dr. Nonella did extensive research on Selenium within horses. Click here to view her research. Kelsey’s colleagues have mentioned her as an one of the United States equine Selenium experts.
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