Equine nutrition is the feeding of horses, ponies, mules, donkeys, and other equines. Correct and balanced nutrition is a critical component of proper horse care. Horses are non-ruminant herbivores of a type known as a "hindgut fermenter." Horses have only one stomach, as do humans. However, unlike humans, they also need to digest plant fiber (largely cellulose) that comes from grass or hay. Ruminants like cattle are foregut fermenters, and digest fiber in plant matter by use of a multi-chambered stomach, whereas horses use microbial fermentation in a part of the digestive system known as the cecum (or caecum) to break down the cellulose.

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  • Pferdefutter sind Futtermittel, die speziell für Pferde entwickelt und produziert werden, an Pferde und Ponys gefüttert werden und an die Bedarfe der modernen Pferdehaltung angepasst sind. (de)
  • Equine nutrition is the feeding of horses, ponies, mules, donkeys, and other equines. Correct and balanced nutrition is a critical component of proper horse care. Horses are non-ruminant herbivores of a type known as a "hindgut fermenter." Horses have only one stomach, as do humans. However, unlike humans, they also need to digest plant fiber (largely cellulose) that comes from grass or hay. Ruminants like cattle are foregut fermenters, and digest fiber in plant matter by use of a multi-chambered stomach, whereas horses use microbial fermentation in a part of the digestive system known as the cecum (or caecum) to break down the cellulose. In practical terms, horses prefer to eat small amounts of food steadily throughout the day, as they do in nature when grazing on pasture lands. Although this is not always possible with modern stabling practices and human schedules that favor feeding horses twice a day, it is important to remember the underlying biology of the animal when determining what to feed, how often, and in what quantities. The digestive system of the horse is somewhat delicate. Horses are unable to regurgitate food, except from the esophagus. Thus, if they overeat or eat something poisonous, vomiting is not an option. They also have a long, complex large intestine and a balance of beneficial microbes in their cecum that can be upset by rapid changes in feed. Because of these factors, they are very susceptible to colic, which is a leading cause of death in horses. Therefore, horses require clean, high-quality feed, provided at regular intervals, plus water and may become ill if subjected to abrupt changes in their diets. Horses are also sensitive to molds and toxins. For this reason, they must never be fed contaminated fermentable materials such as lawn clippings. Fermented silage or "haylage" is fed to horses in some places; however, contamination or failure of the fermentation process that allows any mold or spoilage may be toxic. (en)
  • Hästens föda består av grundfoder för hästen, hö och gräs, som alla hästar måste ha tillgång till varje dag och vatten som en häst knappt kan klara två dygn utan (arabiska fullblod och andra orientaliska raser som lever i öknen är dock tåligare och klarar sig något längre). Utöver basfodret kan hästar även få olika sorters kraftfoder (exempelvis havre, betfor, pellets) och olika sorters tillskott (vitaminer, mineraler, melass, m.m). En häst bör även få tillgång till salt då hästens vanliga foder har en tämligen låg naturlig salthalt. (sv)
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  • Pferdefutter sind Futtermittel, die speziell für Pferde entwickelt und produziert werden, an Pferde und Ponys gefüttert werden und an die Bedarfe der modernen Pferdehaltung angepasst sind. (de)
  • Hästens föda består av grundfoder för hästen, hö och gräs, som alla hästar måste ha tillgång till varje dag och vatten som en häst knappt kan klara två dygn utan (arabiska fullblod och andra orientaliska raser som lever i öknen är dock tåligare och klarar sig något längre). Utöver basfodret kan hästar även få olika sorters kraftfoder (exempelvis havre, betfor, pellets) och olika sorters tillskott (vitaminer, mineraler, melass, m.m). En häst bör även få tillgång till salt då hästens vanliga foder har en tämligen låg naturlig salthalt. (sv)
  • Equine nutrition is the feeding of horses, ponies, mules, donkeys, and other equines. Correct and balanced nutrition is a critical component of proper horse care. Horses are non-ruminant herbivores of a type known as a "hindgut fermenter." Horses have only one stomach, as do humans. However, unlike humans, they also need to digest plant fiber (largely cellulose) that comes from grass or hay. Ruminants like cattle are foregut fermenters, and digest fiber in plant matter by use of a multi-chambered stomach, whereas horses use microbial fermentation in a part of the digestive system known as the cecum (or caecum) to break down the cellulose. (en)
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  • Pferdefutter (de)
  • Equine nutrition (en)
  • Alimentation des équidés (fr)
  • Hästens föda (sv)
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