There are four different
categories that equine
nutritionists use to
formulate a diet.
This is a horse that doesn’t work, or only
occasionally goes out for a light ride.
A horse in light work is ridden three to
four times a week in lower-key sports
like easy trail riding, low-level dressage
or western pleasure.
These horses are in a near-daily
training program doing more strenuous
work, like jumping, reining, polo, hunters and upper-level dressage.
This category is only for horses competing at the edge of their physical abilities.
Racehorses in full training, upper-level
eventers and endurance horses preparing to compete, as well as ranch horses
used daily for hours, and even lesson
horses being ridden multiple times a
day will qualify.
The main nutrient demand that increases in a performance horse is energy (
calories). Makes sense, right? If you work
out, you’re burning more calories. A
horse going from idle to moderate work
needs almost 50 percent more calories
in order to not lose weight.
The easiest way to add enough
calories to the diet is to feed one of
the many bagged feeds formulated for
horses that are on the market. Most
brands have a performance line with
all the nutrients perfectly balanced
for you—all you have to do is feed
per label directions.
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