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Racehorses

When Second Place is a Benefit for Racehorses

A research project conducted at RMIT Platform Technologies Research Institute in Australia has suggested that slipstreaming, or running behind another horse, can reduce the aerodynamic drag produced as a racehorse pushes through the air.

Nutrition

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Yearlings

Vitamin C in Growing and Mature Horses

Vitamin C’s well-publicized role as a powerful antioxidant overshadows the many other functions it has in the body. Perhaps the most important role of vitamin C for the growing horse is its function in collagen synthesis and repair.

KER Research

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feeding fat

What Are the Effects of Feeding a High-Fat Diet to Horses?

A study was designed to evaluate whether adding fat to a grain meal would affect glucose and insulin responses when the level of grain intake remained the same.

Health

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foal head

Outlook for Sick Young Foals Reviewed

A study conducted in Austria looked at the health records of 344 foals that received intensive veterinary care after being admitted to clinics at an age of three weeks or less, and also at the health status of many of the horses when they were one to six years old.

General Interest

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Corn

Genetically Engineered Grains are Here to Stay

Genetically engineered (GE) crops are well established in the United States and in various other counties around the world. An article in Feed Management indicated that these altered plant strains account for over 90% of corn and soy grown in the U.S.