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Acceptance of fat and lecithin containing diets by horses

By J. L. Holland, D. S. Kronfeld, G. A. Rich, K. A. Kline, J. P. Fontenot, T. N. Meacham, P. A. Harris

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The acceptability of various fat sources was compared in horses using maize oil as a standard. In 3 trials, 10 fat-containing concentrates were fed to horses in cafeteria-style preference trials and ranked from highest to lowest as follows: maize oil, blend no. 3, hydrolysed tallow, peanut oil, safflower oil, blend no. 2, blend no. 1, cottonseed oil, inedible tallow and fancy-bleached tallow. In 2 trials, acceptability of lecithin-containing diets was compared. Mixtures were preferred according to increasing amounts of maize oil. Soya lecithin and maize lecithin had similar acceptances. The studies demonstrated the superior palatability of maize oil for horses.

Date 1998
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 56
Issue 2/4
Pages 91-96
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg 24061-0306, VA, USA.
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  1. Animal nutrition
  2. Corn
  3. Feed preferences
  4. Horses
  5. Maize
  6. Mammals
  7. oils
  8. palatability
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. Plants
  1. peer-reviewed