Advances in Equine Nutrition IV by J. D. Pagan

By J. D. Pagan

Written by means of major examine scientists, this informative compilation examines the most recent advances in equine food, veterinary drugs, and workout body structure for various horses, together with the broodmare, the turning out to be horse, and the functionality horse. whereas targeting foraging and normal food, this source additionally explores really good administration and strategies for the prevention of accidents and illnesses, akin to insulin resistance and hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP).

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Cereal straws are quite high in silica. This gives the straw a clean, glassy appearance and it also reduces its digestibility. Rice hulls are extremely high in silica and indigestible by horses. There are also substances contained in forages that can inhibit mineral digestibility. Two that are particularly important are phytate and oxalate. Phytates contain phosphorus in a bound form that is unavailable to the horse. Phytate may also inhibit the digestibility of other minerals such as calcium, zinc, and iodine.

The leaves of grasses serve more of a structural function than in legumes. As they mature, these leaves become more lignified and less digestible. Since the stems of certain grasses serve a reserve function, they may actually be more digestible than the leaves of these grasses at a later stage of maturity. When forage is grazed as pasture, its nutrient quality is almost always higher than when it is harvested as hay unless the pasture is the dead aftermath left over from the previous growing season.

C. Pollitt. 2006. Equine laminitis induced with oligofructose. Equine Vet J. 38(3):203-208. , and F. Lelievre. 1997. Production, persistence and water-soluble carbohydrate accumulation in 21 contrasting populations of Dactylis glomerata L. subjected to severe drought in the south of France. Aust. J. Agric. Res. 48:933-944. , H. Thomas, and F. Lelievre. 1998. Survival and recovery of perennial forage grasses under prolonged Mediterranean drought. New Phytol. 140:439-449. Watts, K. 2005a. Nitrogen-deficient grass is higher in nonstructural carbohydrates than grass fertilized with ammonium nitrate.

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