Equine Nutrition and Feeding

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-07-06
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Since the first edition of "Equine Nutrition and Feeding" was published in 1986, it has become the standard work on the subject, covering every aspect of the nutrition of breeding, growing and working horses, and describing the basis upon which scientifically derived conclusions for nutrition and dietary requirements are reached.Comprehensive and clearly evidenced, the fourth edition of this popular book has been extensively revised and the evidence base expanded. The book includes a full account of the toxicology, and metabolic diseases and other diseases related to diet. The causes and control of these are discussed and comprehensive lists of definitions of terms and the abbreviations are provided. A separate chapter is now dedicated to weaning and growth of the foal, and a new design and increased "signposting" encourage easier navigation within the book.

Author Biography

David Frape BSc (Reading), PhD (Iowa), Dip Agric (Cantab), CBiol, FSB, FRCPath, RNutr, has published numerous papers and articles on equine nutrition. He is also a scientific consultant, a member of the Editorial Board of Equine Veterinary Journal, a member of the Laminitis Trust, and Editor of World Agriculture.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Fourth Edition
List of Abbreviations
The Digestive System
The mouth
The stomach and small intestine
The large intestine
Study questions
Further Reading
Utilization of the Products of Dietary Energy and Protein
Carbohydrate, fat and protein as sources of energy, and the hormonal regulation of energy
Energy metabolism
Dietary protein
Protein requirements for maintenance
Amino acids
Non-protein nitrogen
Laminitis and energy intake
Study questions
Further Reading
The Roles of Major Minerals and Trace Elements
Major minerals
Trace elements
Study questions
Further Reading
Vitamin and Water Requirements
Vitamin requirements
Water requirements and fluid losses
Study questions
Further Reading
Ingredients of Horse Feeds
'Processed' feeds
Functions of hay and use of other bulky feeds
Compounded nuts
Coarse mixes
Other lesser ingredients and by-products
Fat supplements
Protein concentrates
Pre- and pro-biotics
Dietary vitamin and mineral supplements
Feed storage
Natural and contaminant toxicants in feeds
Feed additives
Prohibited substances
Study questions
Further Reading
Estimating Nutrient Requirements
Relationship of capacity for feed to body weight
Concentrates and roughages
Feed energy
Digestible energy, protein and mineral requirements based on NRC (2007) recommendations
Ration formulation using the DE and NE systems
Energy and protein requirements based on INRA feed units
Energy, protein, mineral and micronutrient feed values as determined by the INRA system
Simple ration formulation
Feed type, rate of intake, appetite, frequency and processing
Shelf-life of feeds, feed contaminants and government regulations
Study questions
Further Reading
Feeding the Breeding Mare, Foal and Stallion
The oestrous cycle and fertility
Weaning procedure
Feeding the orphan foal
The stallion
Study questions
Further Reading
Ideal conformation
Birth weight and early growth
Later growth and conformational changes
Effects of dietary composition
Developmental orthopaedic disease
Study questions
Further Reading
Feeding for Performance and the Metabolism of Nutrients During Exercise
Work and energy expenditure
Energy substrates and their expenditure
Training methods
Muscle energy reserves and feeding before exercise
The endocrine system
The vascular and respiratory systems
Results of exercise
Blood acid-base balance
Dietary base excess and 'fixed' dietary cation-anion balance
Dietary protein requirements and exercise
Feeding methods
Study questions
Further Reading
Grassland and Pasture Management
Grassland types
Pasture as an exercise area
Nutritional productivity of pasture
Nutrients required for pasture growth and development
Sward height
Intensity of stocking with horses and ruminants
Grazing behaviour
Supplements on pasture
Safety of grazing areas
Water supplies
Silage and haylage and their safety
Grassland improvement
Tropical grassland and forages
Poisonous plants
Study questions
Further Reading
Pests and Ailments Related to Grazing Area, Diet and Housing
Arthropod parasites
Worm infestations
Protozoan parasites
Ailments related to diet
Pasture ailments
Liver disease
Chronic weight loss
The mature sick or geriatric horse
Muscle ailments
Study questions
Further Reading
Laboratory Methods for Assessing Nutritional Status and Some Dietary Options
Metabolic tests
Diets for liver disease
Diets for kidney disease
Bone metabolism
Other tests
Procedures for determining causes of suspected nutritional problems
Study questions
Further Reading
Example Calculation of Dietary Composition Required for a 400 kg Mare in the Fourth Month of Lactation
Common Dietary Errors in Studs and Racing Stables
Chemical Composition of Feedstuffs Used for Horses
Estimates of Base Excess of a Diet and of Blood Plasma
Estimate of BE of a diet from its fixed ion content
Estimate of BE of blood plasma from its bicarbonate concentration
References and Further Reading
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