Study: Post-Exercise Snacks Benefit Horses

Allow exercised horses to eat and drink after cooling down to restore lost water and energy, researchers say.
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Allow exercised horses to eat and drink after cooling down to restore lost water and energy, researchers say. | Photo: iStock
Your horse just had a fabulous workout, got really sweaty, and used up a lot of energy. Now what does he want you to do?

A) Put him back in his stall or paddock and say, “Good job, Buck. Lunch’ll be ready in an hour.”

B) Load him up in the trailer and head for home, where plenty of food and water is waiting for him.

C) Feed and water him right away, and give him plenty of time to finish his food

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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