Weanling Horse Diets: More Grain or More Forage?
So can weanlings get by on diets high in forage and low in concentrates? Researchers tested three diets to find out.
A team from Michigan State University (MSU), in East Lansing, fed 24 Quarter Horse and Arabian weanlings three diets at 3.5% body weight:
- A high-concentrate diet (High Con), with a 70:30 concentrate-to-roughage ratio;
- An equal diet, with a 50:50 ratio; and
- A low-concentrate diet (Low Con), with a 30:70 concentrate-to-roughage ratio.
“The grain and hay were combined into a pellet so that we were guaranteed horses were consuming the required ratio of hay to concentrate,” said Brian Nielsen, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, a professor of equine exercise physiology at
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