Equine Research

CRF presents our equine research program
  • CRF equine research trail MSU30 - Effect of NSC level on standard metabolic rate in horses
    CRF equine research trail MSU30 - Effect of NSC level on standard metabolic rate in horses
    Conducted at Michigan State University metabolic chambers

CRF’s equine research is built around our strong relationships with multiple universities.  This allows us to utilize specific experts within their within their field, unique herds, and the ideal research facilities.  The result is an innovative and effective equine research program that has led to a long list of accomplishments; of which our recent additions include:

  • Development of GastroTech®, which is research proven to significantly improve gastric health in performance horses.
  • Determining a healthy threshold for Non Structural Carbohydrate intake in both healthy and metabolic syndrome horse.
  • Research trials to develop supplements to improve post-exercise muscle recovery by improving protein synthesis and insulin signaling, as well as quickly returning lactate  levels to baseline levels.
  • Determined the effect of DHA on inflammatory markers in exercised horses.
  • Evaluated the effect of direct-fed microbials and prebiotics on nutrient digestibility.

CRF’s research emphasis is presently focusing on those challenges that face the horse industry – from the pleasure horse owner to the horse racing community. Some of our current equine areas of interest include:

    • Post Exercise Recovery:
      • Develop marketable feeds and/or supplements that aid in post-exercise recovery.  This research area is targeted at the high Performance and Pleasure horses.
    • Post-Feeding Glycemic and Insulinemic Modulation:
      • Develop marketable technologies or supplements to address post-feeding glycemic and insulinemic control.  Research on this topic is targeting Pleasure, Seniors, Breeding Mares & Stallions, and Growing horses.
    • Inflammation:
      • Develop marketable technologies or supplements to address inflammatory conditions in horses; with a focus on Performance, Pleasure, and Seniors.