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quitting and long holds

Perhaps that extra time 
allowed horses to eat more sugar than usual, or they ate the same 
amount but had more rest time afterwards and a chance to actually 
absorb a significant amount of the ingested sugar.  During a long 
hold it is very possible the suppression of insulin would decrease; 
as a result blood sugar would begin to fall.  The horse would then 
return to high intensity work, giving blood sugar a double whammy 
the horse would bonk. 

So, a longer hold might have actually worked against the horse that 
ate grain.  What about beet pulp or hay?  I am all for longer holds 
but we might have to adjust our management of our horses?
John and Sue Greenall

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