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Equine athletes have nutritional needs specific to their discipline, workload, and lifestyle. Take a closer look at the subtleties of performance horse diets in this article excerpt from the May 2020 issue of The Horse.
Posted by Lucile Vigouroux | May 16, 2020
Guidelines for fueling the equine athlete
What does it take to win with your horse? A reputable coach, world-class training facilities, and high-tech equipment will all give you an advantage, no doubt. But for your horse to feel and perform at his best, you’ll need to start at a more fundamental level and consider what kind of fuel you’re pumping into him.
Equine athletes have nutritional needs specific to their discipline, workload, and lifestyle; for optimal performance, you must address them.
“Fundamentally, the difference between the diet of an equine athlete and that of a horse at maintenance lies in the amount of energy, the quality of protein, and the balance of electrolytes required,” says Lynn Taylor, PhD, professor of equine science at Centenary University, in Hackettstown, New Jersey, and owner of a private equine nutrition consulting business...
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