March 18, 2012 - Feeding to Perform

  • March 14, 2012
  • 2,470 Downloads
  • File Size: 1.3MB
Download Report File Size: 1.3MB

by Molly Sorge

A high-performance horse is an athlete at the top of his game. Like an engine, his body needs fuel to run efficiently and at its optimal performance level, and digestible energy is that fuel.

In addition to digestible energy—the usable portion of the total energy in the diet—an owner must balance a number of other nutrients to power the horse to compete.

A horse’s activity level and body processes dictate his energy needs. A grazing horse receives a constant low-level source of energy from the forage (grasses, hay) he consumes throughout the day—enough to maintain body condition and provide energy for daily activities such as eating, drinking, walking, and  reathing. So a horse with minimal work demands does quite well on a forage-heavy diet that’s relatively

low in digestible energy and high in fiber. Horses digest this fiber in the large intestine, in a fermenting process that breaks down the fiber sources.

To continue reading, click the "Download" button at the bottom of this page.

Sponsors:
Kerckhaert Horseshoes (www.farrierproducts.com)
Quillin Leather & Tack (www.quillin.com)
Dandy Products, Inc. (www.dandyproducts.net)
Life Data Labs (www.LifeDataLabs.com)
 

The Science Behind Nutritional Supplements - February 18, 2012
Feeding the Estrous Cycle
- January 28, 2012
The Invisible Disease
- Stallion Register 2012
Vaccine Efficacy
- December 10, 2011
Proper Nutrition for the Broodmare
- November 12, 2011
Ulcers...For Life? - October 29, 2011
Tackling Tendon and Ligament Injuries - September 17, 2011
Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again: Rehabilitation - August 16, 2011
The Equine Respiratory System - July 9, 2011
Baby Boot Camp: Prepping Yearlings - June 18, 2011
Deworming - May 14, 2011
Hoof Care for Racehorses
- April 30, 2011
Farm and Barn Maintenance - April 16, 2011
Reproduction Takeaways from the AAEP Convention - March 12, 2011
Pre-Breeding Management of the Mare
- February 12, 2011
Sound Check - January 15, 2011

View more...

Related Reports

Browse Folders