Biozyme The Carolinas Equestrian

Gut microbes: the good and the bad

All horses have a resident population of microbes (microscopic “bugs”) living in their digestive system. This population is referred to as the gut microbiome and includes many different types of bacteria, fungi and protozoa, some of which are good for the gut and some of which are bad for the gut. The majority of the microbes are found in a part of the digestive tract called the cecum, a pouch at the end of the stomach and the large intestine. Collectively, the cecum and large intestine are often referred to as the “hindgut.”