The Physiology Of Nutrition

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Why do we fight what horses We all know that horses seem to eat all the time. Guess what? They are supposed to eat all the time!

The concept of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) is foreign to horses. They are missing a vital organ (the gall bladder) that all meal takers have. This is proof that they should have food available constantly (unless they are obese which is another story).

Why do we still try to treat them like humans?

The digestive tract of the horse is what the smart guys call “hind gut fermenters.” This means they take fiber as their main food and in their cecum and colon (their hind gut) they keep the microbes to digest it. The fore gut (stomach and small intestine) is for simple sugars, vitamins, and water. Fiber, also called structural carbohydrate or complex sugar, is digested in the large area of the hind gut.

Small meals of sugar (grain) is as foreign an idea to horses as flying to the moon. Yet I’m sure there will be someone who will suit up a horses and have him jump a moon crater.

Find out more with this video.


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Discussion:

Why do we fight what horses We all know that horses seem to eat all the time. Guess what? They are supposed to eat all the time!

The concept of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) is foreign to horses. They are missing a vital organ (the gall bladder) that all meal takers have. This is proof that they should have food available constantly (unless they are obese which is another story).

Find out more with this video.
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