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Bee pollen product supplementation to horses in training seems to improve feed intake: A pilot study.
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PMID:  16958799     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of supplementation of Dynamic Trio 50/50, a bee pollen-based product, to improve physical fitness, blood leukocyte profiles, and nutritional variables in exercised horses. Ten Arabian horses underwent a standardised exercise test (SET), then were pair-matched by sex and fitness and randomly assigned to BP (receiving 118 g of Dynamic Trio 50/50 daily) or CO (receiving 73 g of a placebo) for a period of 42 days. A total collection was conducted from days 18 to 21 on six geldings to determine nutrient retention and neutral detergent fibre (NDF) and acid detergent fibre (ADF) digestibility. Horses were exercise conditioned and completed another SET on day 42. V160 and V200 were calculated from SET heart rates (HR). Lactate, glucose, haematocrit (HT) and haemoglobin (HB) concentrations were determined from SET blood samples. Total leukocyte count, and circulating numbers of various leukocytes and IgG, IgM and IgA concentrations were determined in rest and recovery blood samples from both SETs. Geldings on BP (n = 3) ate more feed than CO. BP had less phosphorus excretion, and tended to retain more nitrogen. BP tended to digest more NDF and ADF while having lower NDF digestibility and tending to have lower ADF digestibility. No treatment differences existed for V160 and V200, HR, lactate, HT and HB. There was a trend for lymphocyte counts to be lower in BP than CO on day 42. Dynamic Trio 50/50 supplementation may have a positive effect on performance by helping horses in training meet their potentially increased nutrient demands by increasing feed intake and thus nutrient retention.
K K Turner; B D Nielsen; C I O'Connor; J L Burton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition     Volume:  90     ISSN:  0931-2439     ISO Abbreviation:  J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl)     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-08     Completed Date:  2006-10-26     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101126979     Medline TA:  J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl)     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  414-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Antibody Formation
Dietary Fiber / metabolism
Dietary Supplements
Eating / drug effects*
Exercise Test / veterinary
Heart Rate / drug effects,  physiology
Horses / blood,  immunology,  physiology*
Leukocyte Count / veterinary*
Oxygen Consumption / drug effects,  physiology
Physical Conditioning, Animal / physiology*
Pilot Projects
Random Allocation
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