Carbohydrates and lipids are the major fuels used by the muscles of working horses during exercise. The main endogenous fuel reserves are present in the horse’s skeletal muscle, liver, and adipose tissue.
I own three horses. Two need to gain weight, and the other one sweats profusely and has poor hooves. What can I do?
Horses in active race training burn a lot of calories, and this energy is often provided by concentrate (grain) meals but good-quality hay can also provide much-needed fuel.
Can you give me some general feeding directions for my polocrosse horses, including when best to feed them and what to feed them?
Management of the recurrent airway obstruction is the sole way in which horses can remain comfortable. Nutritional and environmental management are both important measures that can significantly reduce signs in affected horses.
Young Thoroughbred horses often begin race training early in their two-year-old year before their physical growth is complete. Therefore, any feeding program must meet the requirements of continued maturation as well as the increased exercise level of workouts.
The young racehorse’s feeding program must provide plenty of energy for growth, training, and maintenance of body functions. It must also be balanced as to calcium and phosphorus to support skeletal maturation.
Can you recommend which feeds would be best during a 100-mile ride for holds at vet checks? For a few weeks after the ride?
Yearlings headed for sales or halter classes are in some ways easier to feed than weanlings. Because these horses are at least 12 months of age, there should be a lower chance of causing skeletal problems as the fitting program is begun.
In some parts of the world, western performance horses are the most numerous performance horses being ridden and trained. Activities and level of work intensity vary widely from the recreational western pleasure horse to the professional reining or cutting horse. As such, accurate identification of nutrient needs is sometimes difficult.
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