Weight Loss During Transport Documented in New Study

Did you know…that a horse can use as much energy during a 10-mile trailer ride as on a 10-mile trail ride? It’s true, according to equine nutritionist Teresa Hollands PhD of DeMontfort University in Leicestershire, England. Fluid loss is a major factor, as it is in humans. One horse, tape-weighed by Hollands before leaving for an event, lost 20 kg (more than 40 pounds) during the three-hour ride to the competition. British three-day event horses in a research study also lost an average of 14.5kg (34 pounds) on cross-country day.

Image: Thanks to eXtension Horses via Flickr.

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