Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition

Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition

Health, Welfare and Performance

1st Edition - January 31, 2013

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  • Authors: Raymond Geor, Pat Harris, Manfred Coenen
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780702034220
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702054181

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Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition is a landmark text that provides a comprehensive source of information on the nutrition and feeding management of horses. In this authoritative and accessible account, experts from around the world provide a global perspective while the editors tackle key controversial areas. Topics covered include the basic foundations of equine nutrition (digestive and metabolic physiology, nutrient functions and requirements), nutritional management by life stage or function, the assessment of feedstuffs and feeding programs, and clinical nutrition. Also included is discussion on feed hygiene and the role of manufacturers in feed quality and safety. The book contains abundant practical nutritional advice for the treatment of clinical conditions seen by veterinarians in their daily practice, together with the fundamental information needed to make recommendations for the nutritional management of healthy horses.   Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition provides the most substantial overview currently available of the nutritional management of key equine clinical conditions. It further presents the up-to-date scientific background needed to underpin recommendations. It will be of core relevance to equine veterinarians and nutritionists, and a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as lay horsemen and women who wish to be better informed about their horses’ nutritional needs.

Key Features

      • Comprehensive coverage of key topics in equine nutrition, both from a scientific and applied perspective
      • Practical advice with clear take-home messages
      • Accessible text with many summary boxes, illustrations and graphics to emphasize important concepts and recommendations
      • Likely to become the standard reference for practical nutrition in the equine field

Table of Contents


    Digestive physiology

    Metabolic physiology

    Feeding behaviour

    Research techniques in equine nutrition


    Amino acids and protein

    Fats and fatty acids






    A. General considerations

    Feedstuffs for horses

    Pastures and pasture management

    Supplements and nutraceuticals (including ergogenics)

    Ration evaluation and formulation (with discussion on feed manufacturing practices)

    International feeding practices

    B. Feeding through the lifestages

    Broodmare and stallion

    Growing animals

    Mature horses

    Old horses

    Athletic horses (possibly several chapters under this heading - a basic core chapter, then a group of small chapters that deals with different disciplines e.g. racehorses, endurance, 3-day event)

    C. Special considerations

    Ponies, donkeys, miniature horses

    Wild equids

    Orphan foals



    Clinical assessment of nutritional status

    Muscle disorders



    Thin and starved horses

    Endocrine diseases (equine metabolic syndrome; equine Cushing’s disease)

    Developmental orthopaedic disease


    Gastrointestinal diseases (gastric ulcers, colic, diarrhea)

    Allergic and inflammatory airway diseases

    Renal and hepatic

    Skin diseases/atopy

    Central nervous system diseases (e.g. equine motor neuron disease; grass sickness)

    Behavioural abnormalities (stereotypies)  

    Assisted enteral and parenteral feeding

    Feed-related toxicities



    Nutrient requirements

    Nutrient composition of feeds

    Reference ranges for blood metabolites, minerals and vitamins

    Milk composition

Product details

  • No. of pages: 696
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Saunders 2013
  • Published: January 31, 2013
  • Imprint: Saunders
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780702034220
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702054181

About the Authors

Raymond Geor

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Chairperson, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA

Pat Harris

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Science MARS Horsecare and Head of Equine Studies group WALTHAM Centre for Pet nutrition; Diplomate European college of Veterinary Clinical and Comparative Nutrition

Manfred Coenen

Affiliations and Expertise


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