Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Nutrition: adult

Contributor(s): Zoe Davies, David Frape, Deborah Lucas, Katie Williams (nee Lugsden)

Factors that influence the amount of food eaten

  • Season.
  • Capacity of the intestinal tract and size of the animal.
  • Rate of passage of food through the gut.
  • Physiological status - lactating and pregnant mares will consume more.
  • Health - sick horses Nutrition: sick horse often have a limited appetite.
  • Dentition - poor teeth Teeth: abnormal wear may make eating painful.
  • Workload - very fit horses in hard work Nutrition: work may have a reduced appetite.
  • Food availability and quality.
  • Structural carbohydrate content and type in feed. 
  • Age.
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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Vervuert I, Voigt K, Hollands T, Cuddeford D & Coenen M (2008) Effects of processing barley on its digestion by horses. Vet Rec 162 (21), 684-688 PubMed.
  • Hintz H F (1992) Clinical nutrition. In: Vet Clin North Am 6, (2) VetMedResource.
  • Hawkes J et al (1985) Feed preferences of ponies. Equine Vet J 17 (1), 20-22 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Frape D (2004) Equine Nutrition and Feeding. 3rd edn. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, UK. ISBN: 1405105984.
  • Tinker M K, White N A, Lessard P et al (1995) A farm based prospective study for equine colic risk factors and risk associated events. In: Doctoral Thesis. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State university, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Frape D (1986) Ed. Equine Nutrition and Feeding. Longman, UK.


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