Despite its scarcity in a horse’s natural diet of forage, fat has proven to be a useful additive in equine rations for two primary reasons: to bump up energy and to boost coat condition.
Realizing the importance of intestinal microbiome stability in horses, one group of researchers recently assessed the impact of a “diet” on the population of microbes in the large intestine.
A horse’s sweat is heavily concentrated with electrolytes. For this reason, heavily sweating horses lose substantial amounts of electrolytes during prolonged exercise. If losses are great enough, a disruption in the balance of electrical charge both inside and outside of a muscle cell can upset normal contraction and relaxation processes.
How concerned should I be about my new hay being brownish-green instead of bright green?
An age-old question: when is hay too old to feed to horses? Hay doesn’t come stamped with an expiration date, so sometimes it’s hard to know when to use it and when to toss it. Consider these points.
Vitamin E is one of only two important vitamins that the horse cannot produce itself and therefore must be provided in the diet. This vitamin requires a small amount of fat in order to be properly absorbed.
According to new research, weaning is one of the most stressful events in a horse’s life.
How do horses process excess protein, and does protein digestion differ in horses of different ages? Does excess protein lead to thyroid problems?
Feed manufacturers provide horse owners with an assortment of products to choose from, most of which are formulated to support a certain life stage or activity. When a horse’s life changes, so too should its diet.
A recent study suggests that body weights of racehorses vary from season to season, and differences in energy metabolism might exist between sexes.
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