Horses' Behavior and Welfare Negatively Impacted by Low-Fiber Diets

Despite the fact that horses evolved on a forage-based diet that is high in fiber and low in calories, some horse owners and trainers just can't resist feeding a low-fiber, calorie-dense diet. "Horses are grazing animals," explains Katherine A. Houpt, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVB, a professor emeritus of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. "When they are denied access to pasture ...

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