Forage is chock full of fiber, a dietary component that is subjected to microbial fermentation in the cecum and colon of the horse. This fermentative process produces volatile fatty acids, important sources of energy for horses fed high-forage diets. Fiber can supply a horse with 30-70% of its digestible energy requirements.
Feeding horses properly is not difficult. Reliance upon an educated horseman, a veterinarian, or an equine nutritionist is paramount if a feeding management question arises. This is particularly true when confronted with an old wives' tale.
While some old-fashioned feeding practices remain pertinent in this day and age, others have fallen by the wayside. Over the last several decades, research has debunked some commonly held beliefs concerning the nutritional management of horses.
<p> How much feed should be fed to a horse in a single meal?</p>
<p> What do people mean when they refer to “foreign material” in hay?</p>
<p> Can I do anything nutritionally to continue to help my horse recover from Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis?</p>
<p> How can I tell if my horse is choking?</p>
<p> How many times a day should horses be fed?</p>
<p> Can feeding large amounts of alfalfa pellets cause an impaction in the horse?</p>
Understanding the methods used to process feeds and knowing why they are used will make the idea of feeding processed feedstuffs more savory.
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