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You are what you eat!

August 2012 by Mariette van den Berg B.(hons) MSc(Equine Nutrition)

New research shows that the evolutionary path of the modern horse was affected by the food available to its prehistoric ancestors, and that that evolutionary changes in tooth anatomy lag behind the dietary changes by a million years or more.

In a number of nutrition and health articles we have emphasised that the horse evolved primarily as a grazing herbivore, eating a diet based on fibre, mainly grasses, and when available or in seasonal shortage, horses will even browse trees shrubs and other foliage to maintain their dietary needs.