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Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia
versão On-line ISSN 1806-9290
STANIAR, William Burton. Linking dietary energy and skeletal development in the horse. R. Bras. Zootec. [online]. 2010, vol.39, suppl., pp.138-144. ISSN 1806-9290. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-35982010001300016.
Athletic production is what is sought from the horse. As mammary development is important to the dairy cow, skeletal development is important to horses meeting their production goals. As any integrative physiologist will appreciate, the variables that come together to result in optimal skeletal development are complex. Nutrition is one of these, and it contains two broad variables; the supply of dietary nutrients and energy. This presentation will focus on dietary energy and its links with skeletal development. I propose that it is not simply the amount of dietary energy, but the way and from that that energy is supplied that impacts skeletal development. Through an understanding of how dietary energy impact skeletal development, more precise feeding management strategies can be developed to reduce the risk of skeletal abnormalities and even potentially improve skeletal integrity.
Palavras-chave : cartilage; equine; glucose; growth; insulin; somatotropic axis.