while here on vacation in SC. we toured Middleton Plantation. while there i learned that some of the middletons were into breeding and raising thoroughbred horses. one of their practices was to exercise the horses for an X amount of time then feed them 20 eggs apiece.
has anyone ever heard of this type of conditioning?
No. Horses aren't designed to digest animal protein. That doesn't stop people from having silly ideas about what they can be fed, though. Some ancient warriors fed their horses meat, in the belief that it would make them stronger and more fierce.
Subbing. I've not heard of this; my first thought is that while it's a source of protein is that an appropriate food to use with horses?
Rutgers has a nutrition website. Here is what they say
Can a horse eat eggs?
i have layer hens, i sell eggs. ive had chickens all my life and its a common habit for me to feed eggs to both my chickens and my dogs. its great for both them. for young fowl. its good to crush up a boiled egg shell and all and feed to chicks their first couple days of life. for dogs its a great source of protein, but from reading yrs ago their is health dangers in feeding raw eggs to both dogs and fowl. and its nothing to do with salmenella. i cant recall the details now, but the best method is to boil them. and then feed them.
but using eggs for horses, it never crossed my mind till reading about it yesterday.
I have hens also. I do get surplus eggs. While the cats and dogs get those, I won't be planning on feeding them to my horses any time soon.
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