Thursday, January 19, 2012

No break in R&D for the new year!

We are trying to get readjusted after the completion of our exercise physiology test in December. After our last data collection day we moved all of the exercise horses out to pasture for a well deserved break. Our broodmares and open mares have all been moved into the barns in preparation for foaling. We started our artificial lighting program for breeding season the second week in January and are almost ready to go!

Last week we started a long series of palatability trials with our taste testing horses. You can see in the picture some measured out ingredients we are testing to evaluate preference with our horses. They are offered two types of feed at feeding time, both feeds are the same except for one different ingredient. All they need to do is tell us which one they prefer by the amount consumed.

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