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First Posted Jan 19, 2009
Aug 3, 2010

Total Mixed Rations (TMR)

We all know that horses are made to munch all day. That is really the way they are constructed physically and psychologically. Recent studies are being conducted on just this topic. Recently released is a "three-year study by nutritionist Sarah Ralston, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVN, of Rutgers University in New Jersey, and her collaborators involved feeding draft cross weanlings and yearlings total mixed rations (TMRs) that contained processed forages, a vitamin/mineral supplement, and wheat bran, but little to no grain. This ration was designed to meet or exceed all of the nutrient requirements for growth while avoiding the negative effects of high-starch diets on insulin sensitivity and potential correlation with developmental orthopedic disease. The study is entitled 'Equine Nutrition With No Grain...'" The following link will provide you with the necessary information on that study:

Equine Nutrition With No Grain

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