Many horse owners are aware that obesity is not healthy for horses. Nonetheless, managing body conditions is challenging and likely explains why approximately one-third of horses are overweight.
Horses can use dietary carbohydrates, fats, and protein to generate energy for exercise. In general, carbohydrates are used first, with fats being used as a secondary energy supply and protein being the last fuel used.
What type of hay is most appropriate for an insulin-resistant horse?
For many horse owners, the easiest way to express their affection for their horses is by feeding them. However, the obese horse is at a high risk for laminitis, joint problems, exercise intolerance, and insulin resistance.
In designing diets and feeding regimens for athletic horses, the two main goals are to meet the caloric requirements for maintenance and the work performed, and to optimize substrate availability and utilization during exercise.
By feeding Re-Leve, my event mare no longer has a problem with tying-up. Should I supplement with other products, too?
Mature horses that begin to lose weight on an unchanging diet are a puzzle for their owners. It’s not always easy to find the cause of weight loss and correct the problem.
I raise my Criollo horses on meadow grasses, and I am beginning to wonder if I should also feed them a concentrate for vitamins and minerals. Your thoughts?
How can I get some weight off my obese Tennessee Walking Horse gelding?
Obesity is detrimental to a horse's well-being. Maintaining horses in an overconditioned state leads to several problems, some which can seriously affect a horse's usefulness.
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