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.
Endurance horses are asked to perform for many hours at a time. The form of dietary energy offered to these horses must therefore be able to support sustained athletic effort.
How much feed does my endurance horse need to maintain weight?
Feeding the western performance horse in a manner consistent with nutrient requirements is predominantly a function of properly identifying energy needs.
Horses use a certain amount of energy in training and performance, with more energy consumed in strenuous or long-duration work than in short periods of easy work. Learning more about how energy is used by the horse allows equine nutritionists to make nutritional recommendations for a wide range of equine activities.
The nutritional demands of endurance horses are unique because their events often require them to perform for many hours a day. Meeting their requirements for energy will help these equine athletes compete to the best of their ability.
Endurance horses typically train and compete over long distances, and their nutritional needs reflect the demands of this type of exercise. Selecting a feed for an endurance horse should be based on energy sources, protein level, and other aspects of formulation.
To be really successful in fitting sales horses and halter horses, the fitter must be able to differentiate between fit and fat. Proper nutrition and exercise programs go a long way to promoting a desirable outcome.
My upper-level event horse is a ridiculously easy keeper. What should I be feeding him?
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