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Title: Dietary energy intake does not influence diet selection of familiar and novel forages by horses
Contributor(s): Van Den Berg, Mariette  (author); Hinch, Geoffrey  (author)orcid ; Brown, Wendy  (author)orcid ; Lee, Caroline  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Equine studies have been able to show that horses have the ability to discriminate nutrient deficit diets or "balance" macronutrients (e.g. protein or carbohydrates) by increasing their intake or changing food preference (Laut et al., 1985; Cairns et al., 2002; Redgate et al., 2014). These studies used either familiar concentrates or forages alone, but in grazing systems horses are likely to exploit familiar foods in combination with novel foods on a continuous basis. The acceptance of nutritious novel foods and the influence of the animal's nutritional status on diet selection (e.g. partial preferences) warrant further research. Therefore this study aimed to investigate the effect of energy intake on foraging behaviour patterns in horses and the selection of familiar (FF) and novel (NF) forages. It was hypothesised that horses would have a preference for FF, but horses on a low energy diet would show a greater acceptance of the nutritious NF.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 7th European Workshop on Equine Nutrition - "'The impact of nutrition on metabolism", Leipzig, Germany, 28th September - 2nd Ocotober, 2014
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 7th European Workshop on Equine Nutrition, p. 137-139
Publisher: University of Leipzig
Place of Publication: Leipzig, Germany
Field of Research (FOR): 070203 Animal Management
070204 Animal Nutrition
060801 Animal Behaviour
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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