Ciência e Agrotecnologia
Print version ISSN 1413-7054
REZENDE, Adalgiza Souza Carneiro de et al. Yeast as a feed additive for training horses. Ciênc. agrotec. [online]. 2012, vol.36, n.3, pp. 354-362. ISSN 1413-7054. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-70542012000300012.
This research analyses the yeast supplementation effect on the digestibility of nutrients and metabolic performance in training horses. Twelve horses were assigned into 2 groups: Pr (20 g of probiotics daily per horse) and control. The diet consisted of roughage (haylage) and commercial rations and all horses were trained for 6 weeks. LIPE® indicator was used during 7 days and feces collected for five days to determine nutrient digestibility. DM, CP, DE, P, NDF, ADF, HCEL and lignin were determined. All horses were subjected to incremental ergospirometry test before and at the end of training. Horses that received live yeast showed an increase (p<0.05) of 4.1% in the digestibility of HCEL. After training, both horse groups presented higher tolerance to fatigue, with an increase in AT and VO2max. The training improved animal performance, hemicellulose digestibility and DE was higher in Pr, but these increases did not improve the performance of these animals.
Keywords : Nutritional additives; equine; exercise; probiotics.