Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition

Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition is a landmark text that provides a comprehensive source of information on the nutrition and feeding management of horses. In this authoritative and accessible account, experts from around the world provide a global perspective while the editors tackle key controversial areas. Topics covered include the basic foundations of equine nutrition (digestive and metabolic physiology, nutrient functions and requirements), nutritional management by life stage or function, the assessment of feedstuffs and feeding programs, and clinical nutrition. Also included is discussion on feed hygiene and the role of manufacturers in feed quality and safety. The book contains abundant practical nutritional advice for the treatment of clinical conditions seen by veterinarians in their daily practice, together with the fundamental information needed to make recommendations for the nutritional management of healthy horses.

Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition provides the most substantial overview currently available of the nutritional management of key equine clinical conditions. It further presents the up-to-date scientific background needed to underpin recommendations. It will be of core relevance to equine veterinarians and nutritionists, and a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as lay horsemen and women who wish to be better informed about their horses’ nutritional needs.

  • Comprehensive coverage of key topics in equine nutrition, both from a scientific and applied perspective
  • Practical advice with clear take-home messages
  • Accessible text with many summary boxes, illustrations and graphics to emphasize important concepts and recommendations
  • Likely to become the standard reference for practical nutrition in the equine field
Table of Contents
Front Matter

Copyright

Foreword

Preface

Contributors

Section A: Nutritional Foundations
1 – Gastrointestinal physiology
2 – Endocrine and metabolic physiology
3 – Factors affecting feed intake
4 – Water
5 – Energy systems and requirements
6 – Amino acids and protein
7 – Fat and fatty acids
8 – Carbohydrates
9 – Vitamins
10 – Macro and trace elements in equine nutrition

Section B: Nutrition for Lifestage, Type or Function
11 – Feeding stallions and broodmares
12 – Feeding the growing horse
13 – Practical considerations for feeding racehorses
14 – Nutritional management of elite endurance horses
15 – Nutritional considerations for aged horses
16 – Practical donkey and mule nutrition

Section C: Applied Nutrition – Feeds
17 – Feedstuffs for horses
18 – Pastures and pasture management
19 – Specialized dietary supplements
20 – Feed hygiene and related disorders in horses
21 – The manufacturers’ role in feed quality and safety: A discussion on methods used in feed manufacturing processes to assure feed hygiene and safety

Section D: Applied Nutrition
22 – Assessment of body condition and bodyweight
23 – Ration evaluation and formulation
24 – Assessment of nutritional status from analysis of blood and other tissue samples
25 – Effects of diet on behavior – normal and abnormal
26 – Controversial areas in equine nutrition and feeding management: The Editors’ views

Section E: Clinical Nutrition
27 – Laminitis
28 – Obesity
29 – Feeding thin and starved horses
30 – Hyperlipemia
31 – Exercise-associated muscle disorders
32 – Developmental orthopedic disease
33 – Oral joint supplements in the management of osteoarthritis
34 – Gastric ulceration
35 – Intestinal disease
36 – Urinary tract disease
37 – Hepatic insufficiency
38 – Nutritional considerations in grass sickness, botulism, equine motor neuron disease and equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy
39 – Feeding management pre- and post-surgery
40 – Feeding orphan and sick foals
41 – Assisted enteral and parenteral feeding

Appendix – Nutritional requirements, recommendations and example diets

Glossary
Index

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