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Appendix A Committee Statement of Task The objective of this project is to prepare a report that from various sources, scientific literature, reports, and will evaluate the scientific literature on the nutrient require- reviews. ments of horses and ponies in all stages of life and manage- The broad charge will include the following tasks: ment techniques for feeding horses and ponies. The report will address all classes of horses and ponies during various • an update of the recommendations contained in the physiological life phases, nutrient requirements, deficien- 1989 publication, which currently serves as the authoritative cies, and general considerations for feeding equines. Up- source of information (in the U.S. and internationally) for dated information on the composition of feeds, feed addi- feeding horses; tives, and other compounds routinely fed to horses will be • a comprehensive analysis of recent research on feeding included. Physiological factors affecting production and horses, horse nutrition, nutrient requirements, and physio- performance and various management circumstances will be logical and environmental factors affecting requirements; addressed. A computer program will be developed to ac- and company the report and will function to predict nutrient re- • development of a user-friendly, menu-driven computer quirements. All information contained in the report and model program incorporating new technologies. computer model will be based on scientific input obtained 317

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