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Research: How Can Equine Urine and Feces Be Collected Reliably?By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 7, 2015

At Kentucky Equine Research, some studies require the careful measurement of a certain nutrient that goes into the horse contained in feed and hay and comes out in urine and feces.

Two days prior to the beginning of the collection period, horses are outfitted with metabolic collection harnesses, commonly referred to as “nappies,” which allow complete and separate accumulation of urine and feces.

Horses are stalled on rubber matting and nappies are emptied three times a day. During the time they are kept in stalls for collection, the horses are exercised on a mechanical walker or hand-walked two times a day.  

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