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    Default Equine Intestinal Flora

    This is an outgrowth of a barn discussion a few days ago.

    How do the intestinal bacteria, etc., of horses and other equinoids species differ from those of other herbivores, and how do those populations -- I assume they all have much in common except for the specialized bacteria in ruminants -- differ in terms of gut flora from carnivores and omnivores. Is there much of an e coli component in herbivore intestinal ecology?

    Probably all the animal science majors and folks who go on to become veterinarians learned all this stuff early on, but all I know anything about is human intestinal microbiology and precious little about that.

    Clearly it makes a big difference in the excrement. I can't imagine mucking out a stall if horse manure were anything like dog or cat feces.
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    This paper might be of interest.
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    Thanks!

    A lot of detail and fine-structure there that should be of use in crafting future studies, and it answered my question about the typical microbial constituents in the GI tract of horses.

    Unfortunate that sampling methods necessitated euthanizing the horses in the study.
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    but no simpler." - Einstein

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    Unfortunate that sampling methods necessitated euthanizing the horses in the study.[/QUOTE]

    Sad.



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    Unfortunately, many parameters cannot be assessed in vivo therefore necessitating dissection. Good thing that these experiments are well designed so that a lot of knowledge can be gained & applied to further study.



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