Horse Dietary

Horses are unable to regurgitate food, so if they overeat or eat something poisonous vomiting is not an option. Horses are also unique in that they do not have a gall bladder. This makes high fat diets hard to digest and utilize. Horses can digest up to 20 % fat in their diet, but it takes a span of 3 to 4 weeks for them to adjust. Horses have very specific dietary needs because they are herbivores and have a unique digestive tract quite different from ours. Their long digestive system requires a high-fiber diet that is consumed in small amounts over a long time period. Fats are necessary in the equine diet to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and provide linoleic acid, the essential fatty acid. In addition, the use of fats in the horse’s diet improves hair coat, is an effective way to increase the energy density of the diet without increasing the amount of feed,

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