How to Feed Horses Based on Exercise Type

6 years ago
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Keeping horses in show-ready condition requires time, effort and commitment. For competitive horses, matching their feed program to the type of exercise they are doing helps ensure their workouts are appropriately fueled.

In this video, Dr. Mary Beth Gordon explains how to support different types of exercise through nutrition, including:
- Aerobic activities like dressage, reining and endurance riding, which rely on fats and fibers.
- Anaerobic work, such as racing, cutting or 3-day eventing, which benefit more from soluble carbohydrates than fats.
- Supporting muscle recovery and maintaining weight, which are key for performance horses during the rigors of competition and training.

0:55 – How to feed horses who perform anaerobic exercise
1:27 – How to feed horses who perform anaerobic exercise
1:56 – Supporting muscle recovery and performance
2:20 – Maintaining weight through competition and training


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