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24th August 2019 by Rowen Barbary

Feeding for Performance

Feeding for Performance

The nutritional requirements of the competition horse vary greatly depending upon the type and intensity of work being performed but the importance of correct nutrition cannot be over emphasized as diet can have a significant effect on performance.

The energy requirements of the horse are dependent upon a number of factors including the level and intensity of the work being performed, temperament, the individual horses metabolism, temperature and management.  Too much energy and the control and concentration may be lost, too little energy and the horse may lack the power and impulsion required to perform at its best.

In the early stage of a fittening programme fibre alongside a low energy feed such as Rowen Barbary Leisure Plus that supplies adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals are quite often all that is required.  However, as the horses workload increases so does the horses energy requirements so the diet must be supplemented with additional sources of energy and nutrients to help meet these increased demands.

If you have a horse that tends to be naturally very forward going or can become easily excitable a high oil diet  such as Rowen Barbary Condition & Performance should be fed.  These types of horses will often initially perform well but will often lack the stamina required.  Adding oil to the diet will provide an excellent source of slow release energy helping improve stamina and promote sustained performance.  For horses that are naturally laid back Rowen Barbary Pro Ultra will provide cereals to help provide that instant fast release energy, this is useful for horses undertaking short sharp bursts of work.  .

However, no two horses are alike.  A highly strung Thoroughbreds diet will vary dramatically to that of a laid back Middleweight so if you are unsure on how to get the best from you horse contact Rowen Barbary Horse Feeds for advice.