Tuesday, January 20, 2015

[255] ‘MTSU On the Record’ horses around with citrus pulp

MURFREESBORO — The next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program will dig into Dobbin’s feedbag and find some interesting items.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Rhonda Hoffman, professor of horse science, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org).

Hoffman was a consultant on carbohydrate nutrition for a study conducted at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. The researchers found that citrus pulp could make up as much as 28 percent of a horse’s diet.

A byproduct of Brazil’s orange juice industry, citrus pulp is inexpensive and readily available. The horses in the study found it both palatable and easily digestible. None of the horses in the study rejected the pulp.

“To me, that’s kind of surprising because I cannot imagine (the horses) eating orange peel, even ground up in small amounts, unless you added a whole bunch of sugar,” said Hoffman. “And they had no molasses or sugar added to this.”

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to http://www.mtsunews.com/ontherecord/.

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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