Journal article

Dietary fructan carbohydrate increases amine production in the equine large intestine: Implications for pasture-associated laminitis

C Crawford, MF Sepulveda, J Elliott, PA Harris, SR Bailey

JOURNAL OF ANIMAL SCIENCE | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

Pasture-induced laminitis in the horse is associated with the overconsumption of fermentable carbohydrate, in the form of simple sugars, fructans, or starch. The fermentation of carbohydrate in the cecum and large intestine results in the production of lactic acid and other toxins or "laminitis trigger factors." Vasoactive amines have been suggested as possible initiating factors. The aim of this study was to feed a commercially available form of fructan carbohydrate (inulin, 3 g/kg of BW per day) to normal ponies and to ponies predisposed to laminitis, to mimic a change from a basal hay diet to lush spring-summer pasture. Five normal and 6 laminitis-prone, native-breed ponies were acclimate..

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