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Re: full recovery at vet checks?

In a message dated 2/20/99 11:35:10 AM Pacific Standard Time, Tivers writes:

<< <<  . . and of course, consider the fact that for endurance horses, the
  competition is WAY more than 8 hours.  In addition, if they need to
  replenish stores of water, electrolytes, energy, during the recovery
  period it helps if they're already in the gut when the horse finishes.
  Gives the horse a head start on recovery.
  -Abby >>
 But fiber has to be in the right section of the gut to be useful during a
ride. Otherwise, you're carring a significant weight for no purpose in terms
of performance.
 ti >>

See my previous post about gut fill.  A horse is a dynamic animal with all of
his biological processes being a continuum, not a freeze-frame.  He needs to
start with a fiber fill, and keep adding to it as frequently as possible to
keep the whole shebang moving.  If it stops because he quits putting stuff in
the front end, pretty soon he stops, too.


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