Newborn foals are susceptible to gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases. If the situation is not managed quickly, dehydration and pneumonia can develop—the most common causes of death in foals worldwide. Infestation with enteric protozoal diseases like coccidia and cryptosporidium, or other parasites like Ascaris and Strongyles, is common. These diseases can be fatal due to the consequences of diarrhea, sever colic, and intestinal obstruction.
Although many metabolic disorders — such as fatty liver and insulin resistance — have genetic predisposing factors, successful feed management can minimize their occurrence among horses. Liver support is also essential to prevent other hepatic diseases resulting from parasitic infestation, plant poisonings, long-term inflammatory diseases, or hepatic abscesses. Such support can be achieved by supplementing feed with hepato-protector nutraceuticals, which have the potential to revitalize exhausted hepatocytes.
Successful feed management can also prevent serious equine diseases such as recurrent equine rhabdomyolysis. Similarly, during hot summer days, horse feed must be adapted. Using supplements with high-quality herbal products helps to neutralize the harmful effects of heat stress on the horses. In conclusion, equine health problems such as diarrhea, pneumonia, heat stress, liver disease, and metabolic disorders can be partially avoided. Successful horse management can increase farm profitability, which is why field experts recommend integrating nutraceuticals in horse feeding regimens to reduce the risk of serious diseases.