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Overview of Nutrition: Horses


Sarah L. Ralston

, VMD, PhD, DACVN, Department of Animal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

Last full review/revision Jun 2015 | Content last modified Jun 2015

Horses are maintained for a much longer time than most farm animals and have more varied uses as athletes and service and companion animals. Feeding programs, therefore, must sustain a long, productive, and athletic life. The feeding recommendations given below are based on both practical experience and scientific research. Detailed recommendations can be found in Nutrient Requirements of Horses, 6th Ed, published in 2007 by the National Research Council (NRC).

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