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28th August 2019 by Rowen Barbary

Top Tips for Feeding the Event Horse

Top Tips for Feeding the Event Horse

A successful event horse must display athleticism, concentration, agility and stamina.  Correct nutrition plays a major role in performance  so by making sure that your event horse is getting all the nutrition they need from their diet will help to ensure that they can perform to the best of their ability.

  • It is vital that you take an event horses level of work and competition schedule into account when trying to determine the correct diet. This must be continually assessed throughout the season.
  • Forage intake should be at least l.5% of bodyweight per day e.g. 7.5kg per day for a 500kg horse and no matter what level a horse is competing at it is vital that quality hay, haylage or grass remains as the forefront of the diet.
  • Energy can be obtained from fibre, starch and oil to help the event horse maintain bodyweight and perform to the level required. For a horse with a limited appetite consider using oils as a source of slow release energy, providing twice the amount of energy as carbohydrates from the more tradition cereals.
  • Use good quality protein sources to help ensure sound muscle development in the event horse when training and at an event.  Certain amino acids including lysine and threonine are major components of muscle protein and are essential for growth, muscle development and repair.
  • Many horses will benefit from additional electrolyte supplementation which will help to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance and offering a small feed with lots of water added to it will help increase water intake for horses that can be reluctant to drink at competitions.