Enhancing horse productivity and wellbeing has drawn considerable interest in feeding fat supplemented diets to horses. Much of this interest has been prompted by a significant amount of research on the subject over the last 10 years.
Whilst several unknown aspects of specific fatty acid nutrition in the horse still exist, the caloric and some extra caloric effects of feeding fats to horses are well documented.
These benefits include increasing energy content of the diet, enhanced body condition in thin horses, diminished excitability, increased oxidative capacity in performance horses and act as a carrier for fat-soluble vitamins.
The following article is a discussion of feeding fats to horses.
What is fat?