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Horses are classified as herbivores, or roughage eaters. They are grazing animals with digestive systems designed for constant consumption of plant food.
Unlike most other herbivores, the digestive system of the horse is considered monogastric rather than ruminant. Digestive organs include the stomach, small intestine and large intestine. The stomach and small intestine are commonly referred to as the upper gut, and are where most of the protein, fat, vitamins and minerals contained in feed are digested and absorbed.
Although the horse lacks the complex forestomach of a ruminant, unique characteristics of its large intestine, or hindgut, allow the horse to utilize cellulose and other fermentable substrates in much the same way as ruminants.
for a discussion of digestive structure, function, nutrient requirements and feeding management.