Download e-book for kindle: Advances in Equine Nutrition IV by J. D. Pagan

By J. D. Pagan

ISBN-10: 1904761879

ISBN-13: 9781904761877

Written via major learn scientists, this informative compilation examines the newest advances in equine nutrients, veterinary drugs, and workout body structure for a number of horses, together with the broodmare, the growing to be horse, and the functionality horse. whereas targeting foraging and common food, this source additionally explores really good administration and methods for the prevention of accidents and ailments, corresponding to insulin resistance and hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP).

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1987) measured the in vitro buffering capacity of 52 feeds to determine the buffering capacity range within and among feed types. Buffering capacity was lowest for energy feeds, intermediate for low-protein feeds (15 to 35% crude protein) and grass forages, and highest for high-protein feeds (>35% crude protein) and legume forages. The buffering capacity of feed and forage plays an important role in the prevention of gastric ulcers in horses. Alfalfa hay has been shown to be effective in reducing the severity of ulcers in horses by providing superior buffering capacity compared to grass hay.

Moreover, horses that were initially fed alfalfa hay had a significant worsening of ulcer severity scores during the wash-out period. Alfalfa hay provides greater buffering capacity compared to Bermuda grass hay for several reasons. First, alfalfa contains higher levels of protein and calcium, both of which buffer gastric acid. Also, alfalfa fiber has a higher cation exchange capacity compared to graminaceous plants, due largely to its higher content of lignin and other polyphenolics (Van Soest, 1994).

The NRC (2007) has suggested that each kilogram of gain in a mature horse will require about 20 to 25 Mcal of digestible energy(above maintenance). The results of Quinn and coworkers (2007) suggest that this value may be too low, so the exact value is not known. The amount of digestible energy needed to achieve a kilogram of gain may be affected by the composition of the gain. Weight gain will consist of some protein, some fat, and some water. A pound of gain in a fat individual will probably contain less protein and water and more fat than a pound of gain in a lean individual.

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