Growth and feed utilization by yearling horses fed added dietary fat
Twenty-four yearlings were used to evaluate the efficacy of feeding feed-grade fat to growing horses. All horses were started on trial at 13-months-of-age and were fed for 112 days. The experimental diets, containing similar nutrient-to-calorie ratios, were: 1) control (no added fat; 2) 5% added fat and; 3) 10% added fat. There was a trend for yearlings fed the 10% added fat diet to grow faster and eat less feed than those on the control diet. Data from this study indicate that feed-grade fat can be safely fed to growing horses. Feeding fat to yearlings stimulated growth and efficiency of feed utilization initially, but these effects were not maintained as the yearlings grew toward maturity. © 1989, All rights reserved.
Scott, B. D., G. D. Potter, J. W. Evans, J. C. Reagor, G. W. Webb, and S. P. Webb. "Growth and feed utilization by yearling horses fed added dietary fat." Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 9, no. 4 (1989): 210-214.
Journal of Equine Veterinary Science