Dr. med. vet. Malin Olson
Hunting and gathering occupies at least 90 percent of human history. Therefor is the digestive system adapted to an intake of large meals consisting of a variety of food sources. For the best performance humans should eat meals, which contains nutrient, resorbed in the small intestine – e.g. grains and vegetable fat as perfect energy source.
Horses evolved as grazing and browsing animals with a digestive system adapted to continued slow feeding of feedstuffs with high structural fiber content – e.g. cellulose. Ingesting small amounts, a reduced volume stomach and a short small intestine are more suitable, putting focus on the large intestine were microorganisms are transforming structural fiber to energy. For the best performance always use this high capacity “biogas” chamber and fill it with energy rich grass and hay. Feed small meals with grains and vegetable fat. Large meals will overburden the digestive system and lead to discomfort or even pain and disease.
Next week – How to use the two main types of energy to get the right performance?
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