While protein is important for muscle health and repair, as well as a host of other body-wide processes, it should not be considered a primary energy substrate for performance horses.
My Thoroughbred gelding has been off the track for nine months, and he's still really thin. How can I step up weight gain?
I had to pull my two-year-old Thoroughbred gelding from race training due to extreme weight loss. His diet while in training seemed adequate to me, but it didn’t keep him in good condition. Can you help?
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?
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