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Chapter: Appendix A: Committee Statement of Task

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Committee Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2007. Nutrient Requirements of Horses: Sixth Revised Edition. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11653.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Committee Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2007. Nutrient Requirements of Horses: Sixth Revised Edition. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11653.
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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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Proper formulation of diets for horses depends on adequate knowledge of their nutrient requirements. These requirements depend on the breed and age of the horse and whether it is exercising, pregnant, or lactating.

A great deal of new information has been accumulated since the publication 17 years ago of the last edition of Nutrient Requirements of Horses. This new edition features a detailed review of scientific literature, summarizing all the latest information, and provides a new set of requirements based on revised data. Also included is updated information on the composition of feeds, feed additives, and other compounds routinely fed to horses. The effects of physiological factors, such as exercise, and environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity, are covered, as well. Nutrient Requirements of Horses also contains information on several nutritional and metabolic diseases that horses often have.

Designed primarily as a reference, both practical and technical, Nutrient Requirements of Horses is intended to ensure that the diets of horses and other equids contain adequate amounts of nutrients and that the intakes of certain nutrients are not so excessive that they inhibit performance or impair health. This book is primarily intended for animal nutritionists, veterinarians, and other scientists; however, individual horse owners and managers will also find some of this material useful. Professors who teach graduate courses in animal nutrition will find Nutrient Requirements of Horses beneficial as a textbook.

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