The importance of calcium in the diet of horses and ponies is crucial. When coupled with phosphorus, the two minerals compose up to 70% of the total mineral content in the body. Calcium is necessary for skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle function, nerve conduction, and a host of other metabolic reactions.
When preparing a yearling for sale, it is important to understand the nutrient requirements of the horse and the critical balance between feed intake and exercise as they impact condition and soundness.
In a recent study of horses with chronic airway inflammation, increased improvement in horses supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids was documented by researchers.
There are many ways to fight equine obesity. One method owners might consider is accurate assessment of how much work a horse is actually doing and how much it needs to be fed to meet real energy needs.
The key to optimal sport performance has been said to be the proper production and control of energy. An ergogenic aid can be any factor that improves work production by increasing speed, strength, or endurance.
In the recent study by Higler et al., 24 geriatric horses with “stiff joints and lack of joint flexibility” experienced no increase in stride length after three months of supplementation, whereas horses in the control group experienced increased motion in the knees and forelimb ankles.
Considering a horse can be dripping with sweat after even a moderate workout, how much water and electrolytes have been lost?
Carbohydrates and lipids are the major fuels used by the muscles of working horses during exercise. The main endogenous fuel reserves are present in the horse’s skeletal muscle, liver, and adipose tissue.
I own three horses. Two need to gain weight, and the other one sweats profusely and has poor hooves. What can I do?
Horses in active race training burn a lot of calories, and this energy is often provided by concentrate (grain) meals but good-quality hay can also provide much-needed fuel.
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