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.
"Things should be as simple as possible, but no simpler." - Einstein
“So what’s with the years of lessons? You still can’t ride a damn horse?!”
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.