Horse Eating Too Fast? High-Fiber Feeds Might Slow Him Down
Current equine management practices have led many of us to feed our horses two large concentrate meals a day, in addition to hay and pasture, to meet their nutrient needs. This practice, however, can lead to issues such as hindgut acidosis, gastric ulcers, and undesirable behaviors such as cribbing when horses finish their feed quickly and must wait hours until their next meal.
So how can we increase the time per day that horses spend eating? Katy Brinkley-Bissinger, a graduate student at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, and her colleagues studied the effects of soluble fiber (fiber that dissolves in water) on feed intake behavior to find out. She presented their findings at the 2019 Equine Science Society Symposium, held June 3-6 in Asheville, North Carolina.
Brinkley-Bissinger hypothesized that feeding horses high-soluble fiber would cause them to chew more and feel “full” sooner. In her study she fed four adult Quarter Horse geldings four diets over four treatment
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