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Nutrition and feeding of the geriatric horse.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12516930     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Little is known regarding nutrient requirements and feeding of geriatric horses, and more effort should be placed on this area of equine nutrition research. That which is known suggests that some geriatric horses may not have different requirements than other mature horses, whereas others affected by disease or poor dentition may have special nutritional needs. In general, rations for geriatric horses should be based on high-quality roughage supplemented with complementary minerals and vitamins. The need for additional energy aside from that provided by the forage can be supplied by adding energy concentrates, such as cereal grains or fat, to the ration. Processing techniques involving heat, such as pelleting and extruding, are advised when cereal grains are included in the ration so as to improve starch digestibility in the small intestine and avoid starch overload in the hindgut and it subsequent problem (ie, colic, laminitis). In addition, the environment in which geriatric horses are fed should be one that promotes ease of ration consumption and eliminates factors thar impair feed consumption, such as competition from other horses and the need to travel relatively long distances (eg, grazing marginal pastures). Finally, strict attention should be paid to the body condition of geriatric horses so as to evaluate adequacy of the ration and the general health of the horse.
Paul D Siciliano
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine practice     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0749-0739     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Clin. North Am. Equine Pract.     Publication Date:  2002 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-01-08     Completed Date:  2003-04-24     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511904     Medline TA:  Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  491-508     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1171, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aging / physiology*
Animal Feed / standards*
Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Energy Intake
Energy Metabolism
Horse Diseases / prevention & control
Horses / physiology*
Nutrition Disorders / prevention & control,  veterinary
Nutritional Requirements*

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