The effects of an obesogenic diet on the transitional phase in the horse
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The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of an obesogenic diet on the autumn and spring transitional phase in the horse. Horses are a polyestrous species being fertile from spring until autumn and have an anovulatory period in the winter. Before and after winter mares go through a transitional phase. For this experiment 14 (autumn transitional phase) and 13 (spring transitional phase) Shetland pony mares were used. The control group was fed a maintenance diet and the Fat group was fed a diet 200% of maintenance. The results do not show any significant differences between the two groups. A correlation is found between the duration of the autumn transitional phase and the weight gained during the experiment.