Purina Mills Conference for Veterinarians

Nearly 250 veterinarians from across the country attended a continuing education conference sponsored by Purina Mills Oct. 3-5.

Besides researching and developing horse feeds, which on average takes five years for a new feed to go from idea to feed store, Purina conducts research on how feeds affect and react with the physical animal.

Many of the talks discussed the "hot" topic of starch and how different types of starch move through the horse's digestive tract, and how they are absorbed and used. Anaerobic (short duration, high-intensity) work needs glycogen for fuel, so a diet too high in fat and fiber and too low in starch might not meet those needs.

Starch, said Karen Davison, PhD, of Purina Mills, is neither good nor bad; the benefits or detriments depend on the amount and source, how much is fed at one time, the horse's individual metabolism, and the type of performance the horse does.

More on the presentations at the Purina Mills Veterinary conference will be coming to TheHorse.com. These include Nutritional Management of Sport Horses, Nutritional Considerations of the Young Equine Athlete, and Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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