- The GI tract is effectively a single tube that starts at the mouth and ends at the anus.
- The GI tract of the horse consists of the mouth, the oesophagus (which take food from the mouth tothe stomach), the stomach, the small intestine, the large intestine and anus.
- The horse’s GI tract weight around 12% of its total bodyweight compared with 6% in humans. Themain difference is in the hindgut (large intestine) due to the fact that horses are herbivores and relyso heavily on fermentation of forage by microbes. If horses were carnivores . . .
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