gut sounds

DreamWeaver (
Sun, 16 Nov 1997 11:22:44 -0800

Hi Susan:

Thanks for all the great information, and the sense of humor. I have
another question (as usual...)...

How long does it normally take a horse to process their food? Say my horse
is eating hay right long comes out the other end?
I know that time will vary greatly depending on many different factors.

I'm just curious to find out how long on average it should take a horses
gut sounds to pick up if they are diminished and the horse is currently
eating. For instance, I know that if I stop at about 42 miles into a 50
mile ride and let my horse eat for 15 minutes, that by the time we finish
and vet thru his gut sounds will be really good.

Does exercising a horse throw off their normal rate of digestion? It seems
that during a ride they seem to stay pretty 'regular'.

Happy Trails,

in Gardnerville