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Choosing the right feed for your horse - Part 2 Feed Processing Techinques

September 2012 by Mariette Van den Berg B.(Hons),MSc

In part 1 of the series we discussed the common feed ingredients that are incorporated in equine diets. In this part nutritionist Mariette van den Berg continues explaining the main processing techniques used in equine feeds.

To have a better understanding about feed processing techniques and their importance, we need to recapitulate on how the equine digestive system works. The three part series on "Anatomy of the digestive system of the horse" the functioning of the various parts of the gastro-intestinal tract were explained extensively1,2,3. It highlighted that horses in their natural environment will eat on a continuous basis, spending generally 16-20 hrs per day grazing and browsing foliage.