Feeding and management practices for racehorses in Turkey

Kaya-Karasu, G., Huntington, P., Iben, C. and Murray, J.-A. (2018) Feeding and management practices for racehorses in Turkey. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 61, pp. 108-113. (doi: 10.1016/j.jevs.2017.04.009)

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to gather information on feeding practices, and to identify nutrient imbalances of racehorses in Turkey. 134 racehorses who visited the TJK (Turkish Jockey Club) Racecourse Equine Hospital in Istanbul were referred for professional nutritional advice in 2013. Each horse was examined and body weight (BW), body condition score, exercise level, feeding practices, reasons for the veterinary visit as well as feed and supplement intake were recorded. Intakes of energy, starch, crude nutrients, and minerals were calculated and compared with NRC [15] recommendations. Descriptive data were calculated using commercial statistical software (IBM SPSS Statistics 24, Chicago, IL). The median age of the population was 3 years. The mean BW of the horses was 423.7 ± 38.4 kg and BCSwas 4.4/9 ± 0.7. Nearly all (99.2 %) horses were fed grass hay and 61 % of the horses received alfalfa as well. The average forage intake was 1.08 ± 0.42 % of BW/d. The average intake of concentrate was 1.2 ± 0.46 % of BW. Forty nine percent of the horses were fed supplements and only 12 % received oil. The mean DE intake was 1.03 ± 0.26 MJ DE/kg BW0.75 for thoroughbreds and 0.97 ± 0.19 MJ DE/kg BW0.75 for Arabians. The calculated mean starch intake was 5.0 ± 2.2 g/kg BW and the sugar intake was 1.2 ± 0.4 g/kg BW. Communication between horse owners/trainers and the equine nutritionists is needed with regard to formulating a proper diet for each horse.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Murray, Professor Jo-Anne
Authors: Kaya-Karasu, G., Huntington, P., Iben, C., and Murray, J.-A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Equine Veterinary Science
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0737-0806
ISSN (Online):1542-741
Published Online:04 May 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 61:108-113
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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