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Equine Nutrition: Ages and Stages

A lifelong love of horses often translates to a lifetime commitment, with many owners keeping their horses through several life stages. This article aims to summarize some key nutritional considerations for these stages, from point of conception to old age. It is, however, advisable to work with a qualified equine nutritionist to ensure your horse’s diet meets his nutrient requirements throughout his life. NUTRIENT REQUIREMENTS GLOSSARY Horses need several key nutrients: water, energy (from carbohydrates, fat and, to some degree, protein), amino acids (from protein), minerals and vitamins. Water With respect to water, horses should always have free access to water, with adequate intake being particularly important for horses that are lactating or in work. The general minimum daily amount required is five litres for every 100kg of body weight. Energy Energy is measured in megacalories (equal to 1,000 x the kilocalories that human food is measured in) and is…

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