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Feeding the 'Hot' and 'Fizzy' Horse

March 2018 by Dr Stephen Duren, PhD, HyGain Feeds Pty Ltd, www.hygain.com.au

Most horse owners have heard the terms ‘feeling their oats', ‘high’, ‘fizzy’, ‘hot’ and ‘hyper’ all used to describe the effect grain or certain feeds seem to have on the behaviour of some horses. 

Does feeding management or individual feed ingredients really influence the behaviour of horses?  

Scientific research on the effects of feed or feeding management on horse behaviour is scarce. However, a basic understanding of feed and feeding management, coupled with data from other animals, may help to determine if a ‘calming feed’ actually exists or if it is just wishful thinking.

Feeding management