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A survey on the feeding of eventing horses during competition.
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PMID:  22809115     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Summary This study aims at the comparison of the actual feeding of horses with the recommendations from the literature, and it studies the effects of feeding and exercise on several blood metabolic parameters before and after exercise. Blood samples were collected from 25 horses during one-star eventing competitions and evaluated for blood glucose, insulin, lactate, free fatty acids and triglyceride levels. Questionnaires on the feeding practices of the horses were evaluated. The questionnaires revealed that during training, and on tournament days, horses received on average 4.3 kg of concentrate per day (min. 1.54 kg, max. 8 kg). The statistical analysis showed no significant effect of the amount of concentrate fed before exercise on the measured blood values. Oil was supplied as a supplementary energy source to 30% of the horses, but most of them only received very small quantities (0.02-0.4 l/day). Five horses (20%) had no access to salt supplements at all, and eleven horses (45%) had no access to salt on tournament days. Fifteen horses (60%) were supplied with mineral feed. Twenty-one horses (84%) had daily access to pasture during the training period. During competition, 55% of the horses received roughage ad libitum, compared with 37% during training. The majority of the horses received less roughage on days before the cross-country competition. It could not be ascertained whether feeding a large amounts of roughage had a beneficial effect on performance, because only a few horses in this study were fed with very restrictive roughage. Feeding of most of the horses was in agreement with the recommendations from the literature, except the need for sodium and chloride. The sodium and chloride need for sport horses may be overestimated in literature and needs to be re-evaluated.
Authors:
J Brunner; B Wichert; D Burger; K von Peinen; A Liesegang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1439-0396     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-7-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101126979     Medline TA:  J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition © 2012 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.
Affiliation:
 Institute of Animal Nutrition, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland  Swiss Institute of Equine Medicine, ALP-Haras and University of Berne, Avenches, Switzerland  Equine Department, Sports Medicine Section, Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich, Switzerland.
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