Feeding for Racing Energy
How much forage, sugars, and starches are required to provide your horse with the racing energy he needs? This article explains these answers.
How much forage, sugars and starches are required to provide your horse with the racing energy they need? This Canadian Thoroughbred article, written by Shannon Pratt-Phillips, PhD, explains how what and when you feed your race horse can determine how much energy is produced. Energy is required by the body to perform functions such as breathing, beating of the heart, pumping the blood and of particular importance for the athlete, muscular activity.
Research has shown that as the intensity of exercise increases, there is a shift towards more energy being produced from carbohydrates than from fat. Fibre is also extremely important because a lack of enough fibre can increase the possibility of colic. This article will assist you in knowing exactly what the optimum percentage of fat vs. carbohydrate is for your horse, how much to feed and also when to feed.