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QUESTION: hello ma'am. may i know the difference between dietary fats and body fats in equine nutrition?

ANSWER: Hello Caine,

Thank you for your question.  Dietary fat is the amount of fat in the horse's diet, where body fat is the amount of fat in the horse itself (body composition).

Thanks, Corlena

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QUESTION: Thanks for your answer. does dietary fat in equine feed lead to body fat?

Hello Caine,

Thank you fro your question.  Dietary fat, carbohydrates and protein can lend to the deposition of body fat if consumed in amounts that exceed the horse's energy requirements.  Body fat, or lack thereof, is a matter of energy balance.  Feed too much energy and a horse gets fat.  Feed too little energy and a horse gets skinny.  The amount of energy the horse needs depends primarily on its size and activity level.  I hope that helps with the concept of body fat.

Thanks, Corlena  

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Corlena Patterson


I can help with any of your horse nutrition questions and concerns. I have been involved with horses for closing on 40 years, with a B.Sc in Animal Science and currently working on an M.Sc in Equine Science with the University of Edinburgh. I have owned my own feed store, consulted professionally as an equine nutritionist, and lectured in the fields of equine and dairy nutrition at the University level for 5 years. I have developed and currently market 'Ration-X', a ration formulation program for horses...designed for the everyday horse owner. I am happy to help in any way I can.


Experienced in developing and implementing feed programs for horses of all disciplines, creating custom horse supplements and managing inter-disciplinary equine facilities. Specialize in equine nutrition consulting.

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