Use of Fats in the Diet of Sport Horses Has Its Pros and Cons

Boris Hučko, Zdenek Mudřík, Kateřina Mikešová, Vladimír Plachý, Alois Kodeš


Received: 2015-11-03 | Accepted: 2015-11-26 | Available online: 2016-03-24

In this work, we have focused on the use of fats in the diet of sport horses. We watched the fat, and his effect as an energy source. But we watched also the influence of fat additions and their potential impact on the metabolic conversion of other received  nutrients. For the addition of fat, we used  evening primrose oil - EPO by which can be assumed to influence the metabolism in the body of sport horses. The 16 weeks experiment was performed on  clinically healthy racehorses. All the horses were enrolled in a regular training program. Addition of EPO was 150 g per day. The blood samples were collected every 4 weeks during the experiment. There were analysed a selected biochemical parameters. Values of glucose and cholesterol were after administration of EPO significantly higher.

Keywords: evening primrose oil, sport horses, glucose, TAG, cholesterol


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