Friday, February 07, 2014

What Causes Fizzy Behavior? - Full Article

By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 21, 2014

Hyperactive, hot, fizzy.

There are numerous ways to describe a horse that has too much energy and is being difficult to manage. Worse yet, this behavior generally occurs at the most inopportune times, such as at an event or outing, when you want the horse to behave the most. What causes this and how can horsemen effectively manage the horse and its diet to avoid it? To answer this question, a closer look at the different energy sources available to the horse and the energy response each causes is necessary.

Horses derive energy from three primary sources: carbohydrates, fats, and to a lesser degree, protein. Carbohydrates are the predominant energy source and consist of two groups, structural and nonstructural. Structural carbohydrates should be the largest part of the diet...

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