Basic Horse biology

Estr ous cyc le 21 to 23 da y a ver a ge estr us per

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Unformatted text preview: nking’ . Estr ous Cyc le - 21 to 23 da y a ver a ge Estr us Per iod - usua lly 5 to 7 da ys (longer in ea r ly spr ing) Ovula tion - usua lly on da ys 3 thr ough 5, 20% a r e multiple Gesta tion - 335 to 340 da ys, but va r ies with br eed, a ge, sex c ) Digestive Ana tomy: Hind- gut fer menter s, nonr umina nt her bivor es. A la r ge c ec um a nd c olon (between 30 to 70 liter s) pr ovides a site for mic r obia l digestion of fibr ous feeds. Pa ssa ge r a te is a ppr oxima tely 65- 75 hour s. Hor ses ha ve sensitive, ta c tile lips a nd top teeth in the fr ont. Rough estima tes suggest tha t hor ses a r e only 65- 70% a s effic ient a s sheep a nd c a ttle a t digesting fiber . C . B a s i c H u s b a n dr y a n d M a n a g e me n t a ) Ma na ging a Hor se F a r m: Sta r t with the mid- winter per iod of Dec ember to Ja nua r y. Other tha n ma intena nc e a nd r epa ir wor k, sta llions should be pr epa r ed (neither over - weight or under - weight, pr efer a bly exer c ised da ily for musc le tone) for the br eeding sea son whic h usua lly begins a r ound F ebr ua r y 15. Pr egna nt ma r es should be fed to ga in weight (5% of body weight dur ing la st 90 da ys of gesta tion). As F ebr ua r y a nd Ma r c h c ome, ma r es a r e pr epa r ed for...
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