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By Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS
Dec 11, 2015
Protein is arguably the most misunderstood essential nutrient in the equine diet. Protein is made up of amino acids, and its main function is in muscle, tendon, and ligament development and repair. But, how do protein needs change in the equine athlete? Here are three key points to remember about protein's role in fueling the sport horse.
An equine athlete's energy requirements depend on his activity level. The most common forms of energy in the horse's diet are carbohydrates and fats, which are provided via forage and grains or concentrates. Energy from carbohydrates and fats is easily digestible for horses and doesn't require excessive amounts of further energy from the horse's body to digest...
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