POP QUIZ FOOD FOR THOUGHT

EQUUS - - Handson -

Q: You may have heard that a horse’s brain is the size of a wal­nut. Don’t be­lieve it. Which pro­duce item is closer to the size of the av­er­agea. kiwi equine brain? b. large bak­ing potato c. grape­fruit d. small can­taloupe switch to a dif­fer­ent for­mu­la­tion al­to­gether to best sup­port his new life­style. • #hange in geo­graphic lo­ca­tion Pas­tures and hays in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try sup­ply dif­fer­ent lev­els of nu­tri­ents, and those a horse doesn’t get from for­age, he needs to get from feed. A move to a colder cli­mate will in­crease caloric needs in win­ter months, which may also re­quire a change in feed. A move across town isn’t likely to re­quire any changes, but any sig­nif­i­cant re­lo­ca­tion is rea­son to con­sider whether his cur­rent feed will still be ap­pro­pri­ate. • #hange in health sta­tus If your horse is di­ag­nosed with a new con­di­tion or ill­ness, a di­etary change may be an im­por­tant part of his treat­ment and on­go­ing man­age­ment. The ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple is meta­bolic dis­or­ders: An in­sulin-re­sis­tant horse may need a feed that is lower in su­gars or car­bo­hy­drates than what he had been re­ceiv­ing. But other con­di­tions, such as heaves , may re­quire feed changes as well. Re­mem­ber that if you are go­ing to change a horse’s ra­tion, you need to do so slowly, over the course of a week or more. And your vet­eri­nar­ian, or a trusted feed pro­fes­sional with an aca­demic de­gree in the field, is your best source of in­for­ma­tion.

For the an­swer, turn to page 17.

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