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Title: Browsing - An Overlooked Aspect of Feeding Management in Horses?
Contributor(s): Van Den Berg, Mariette  (author); Lee, Caroline  (author); Brown, Wendy  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2012
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/12475
Abstract: Domesticated horses are routinely maintained in conditions with restricted access to forages, which contrasts with free-roaming horses that spend up to 17 h/day grazing and browsing. Horses evolved primarily as grazing herbivores typically consuming an estimated graze-to-browse ratio of 9:1. However, in some situations horses have been observed to consume a diet of up to 50% of browse (trees, shrubs and forbs), depending on the feed availability. We postulate that limiting foraging behaviour may have negative impacts on digestive health and animal welfare of confined horses.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: AESS 2012: 4th Australasian Equine Science Symposium - Research for the 21st Century Horse Industry: From Genomics to the Winning Post, Gold Coast, Australia, 13th - 15th June, 2012
Conference Details: AESS 2012: 4th Australasian Equine Science Symposium - Research for the 21st Century Horse Industry: From Genomics to the Winning Post, Gold Coast, Australia, 13th - 15th June, 2012
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the Australasian Equine Science Symposium, v.4, p. 70-70
Publisher: Australasian Equine Science
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 070203 Animal Management
070204 Animal Nutrition
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 830306 Horses
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://www.australasianequinescience.com/2006%20Symposium.html
Series Name: AESS Proceedings
Series Number : 4
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