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📑 There has been recent research developments into the metabolism of ENDURANCES HORSES in France🇫🇷.
🔎The study published on the 12th June 2019, found that horses in a 160km endurance race made an effective metabolic switch from carbohydrate consumption to lipid (fat) consumption, but in doing so managed to maintain higher blood glucose levels than horses competing over shorter distances.

📌An article published this month in Horse Talk NZ titled “Scientists unravel the mysteries of endurance horse metabolism” highlighted the observations found.

🔎The study demonstrates the importance of quality fat sources in the diet for endurance horse performance.
Key points from the research:

📍“Metabolic changes observed in parallel lead us to believe that horses of 160km preferentially use the metabolism of fatty acids for muscular functioning and thus save their glucose and avoid fatigue.”

📍Glucose was anaerobically metabolised at least during the last minutes of exercise when the riders asked their horses to increase their speed to the finish line.

📍Promote the use of lipid (fat) metabolism through appropriate training, dietary measures, and race tactics.

📍”More research is needed to understand metabolic shifts that take place in horses throughout different types of exercise.”

✳️ Remember every horse should be treated individually when assessing their nutritional needs. There are many factors that influence their metabolism particularly genetics and environment. What works for one will not necessarily work completely for another.

🔎🐴 When looking to increase fat for endurance, a quality oil is a safe and highly beneficial option.
Beware of cooking oils that are chemically processed with high smoke points.
For first timers, introduce oil into the diet at a lower dose, so the horse’s system gets used to digesting. Up to 10% of the total calories can be safely sourced through fat, and the grain portion of the diet can be reduced and replaced with oil.

🚫 Cooking oil (rice bran, canola, vegetable) should be avoided as they are meant for cooking stir frys, some are solvent extracted, low in Omega 3, high in Omega 6, unnatural and over processed.
🌱 Horses evolved on grass which contains fat in the form of Omega 3 and Omega 6 at a ratio of 4:1, it makes sense to choose Linseed/Flaxseed as the type of oil which is more natural and has a similar Omega profile to grass. It is regarded as the best plant based oil choice for horses by leading nutritionist worldwide. 🐴🌍👌🏻

🔹CEN Oil is fed successfully to endurance horses around Australia as a cool energy source of extra calories and an Omega 3 boost.
It is a high quality linseed/flaxseed oil with antioxidants, 100% natural, highly digestible, no chemicals or fillers and rich in Omega 3. (Lab proven high levels at room temperature)

😁“Happy to say my horse’s heart rate, gut sound and recovery have improved amazingly since switching and competing on CEN, the horse had plenty of go left in him!”
~ Sabrina Stephens (CEN Ambassador)
📸 TOP LEFT Photo: Sabrina and Cameo Gryffindor coming in of Leg 3

The many benefits of fat in the equine diet are: –
🔸 Highly digestible in the small intestine (95%)
🔸 Supports healthy coat/skin condition and hoof health
🔸 Can improve behaviour (calming effect)
🔸 No increased laminitis risk
🔸 Safe for horses with Equine Metabolic Syndrome
🔸 Helps alleviate tying-up symptoms
🔸 Safe for the microbiome in the hindgut
🔸 Performance advantage – less/delay in lactic acid production
🔸 It also offers nearly three times the calories of carbohydrates or protein, and is a great way to help meet energy needs to workload or if an increase in body condition is desired.
🔸 Vitamins: A, D, E & K are absorbed best in the presence of fat (fat soluble)📶

Full article link: https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/…/scientists-mysteries-endura…/…

Research article: A First Step Toward Unraveling the Energy Metabolism in Endurance Horses: Comparison of Plasma Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Metabolomic Profiles Before and After Different Endurance Race Distances
Laurence Le Moyec, Céline Robert, Mohamed N. Triba, Nadia Bouchemal, Núria Mach, Julie Rivière, Emmanuelle Zalachas-Rebours and Eric Barrey.
Front. Mol. Biosci., 12 June 2019 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fmolb.2019.00045