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.
Understanding the methods used to process feeds and knowing why they are used will make the idea of feeding processed feedstuffs more savory.
<p> Can feed tags be used to compare different horse feeds?</p>
<p> I have a friend who has complained that his horse eats the shavings in his stall when he feeds pellets. He thinks it is due to a lack of fiber in the pellets. Is this true?</p>
<p> What are the nutritional differences between legume hay (alfalfa) and grass hay?</p>
<p> Should horses be fed the same weight in pellets or cubes as in loose hay?</p>
Rice bran is a highly digestible by-product of the rice milling industry. It should be heat and pressure stabilized prior to feeding to prevent rancidity and digestive upset. The primary feature of stabilized rice bran is its high (20%) fat content.
Vitamin E is a non-toxic, fat soluble vitamin which has an important role in many physiological functions such as reproduction, immune response and nerve and muscle function. It also has overlapping yet independent roles with selenium, an essential trace mineral.
Sorting through the numerous supplements displayed on the shelves of your local feed store or in the pages of your favorite horse magazine can be difficult. As an equine nutritionist, it is sometimes difficult for me to figure out the intended purpose of certain supplements. However, supplements can be divided into two broad categories.
Subclinical signs of selenium deficiency may be easily overlooked. Because the major role of selenium is in the oxidative defense system, deficiency would first compromise cellular integrity.
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