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Gut-brain axis communication: How diet may influence our horses’ behaviour

1 Feb 2021

Gut-brain axis communication: How diet may influence our horses’ behaviour, with Dr Louise Bulmer (SRUC)

Monday 1 February 2021 at 7pm - 2 hours including Q&A

The horse has a digestive tract that is well suited to high-fibre, low-starch diets. The forage proportion of this diet is often reduced and substituted with high-starch feeds as a means of increasing energy requirements to fuel athletic performance. However, horses have a limited capacity to digest starch.

Diet plays a key role in affecting the composition of gut microbiota, and in horses, high-starch diets have been show to alter hindgut microbiota. High-starch diets are also associated with increased behavioural reactivity in horses. It is possible that the changes to gut microbiota and behaviour may be associated.

The two-way communication system between the gut and brain is commonly referred to as the gut-brain axis. The microbial populations of the gut have been associated with health, disease and behaviour in several species, and are an important link in gut-brain axis communication.

£8:  All proceeds to the BHS Hardship Fund

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