It’s a long said maxim that what you put in equals what you get out. With horses we typically mean what gets eaten gets digested, processed and ends up on the stall floor. While the result is a good indicator of your horse’s general health, in this case, we’re talking about the energy required in your horse while they’re in training or working. As work requirements go up, so does caloric requirement, while still juggling the necessary steps for preventing ulcers forming in horses in training. It’s a delicate balancing act.
Horses in Training – Things to Avoid
Three main things are considered to lead to ulcers in your horse; stress, infrequent feeding, and carbohydrates low in fiber. So when it comes to feed, you’ll want to find a high fiber, high-calorie feed for your horse in training. At this point, with apologies, we bring math into the conversation. Using a four hundred and fifty kilogram (nine hundred and ninety pound) horse as our example how many calories your horse will be burning depends on what type of activity they’re participating in. At a walk, our example horse burns roughly two hundred and twenty-five calories an hour, speeding up to a slow trot they’ll burn a much more impressive two thousand two hundred and fifty calories an hour. A fast trot or a slow canter can burn over fifty-six thousand calories while a fast canter or gallop can burn over ten thousand calories an hour. If that’s not large enough numbers, an intense competition performance can burn over seventeen thousand five hundred calories. That’s a lot of calorie use in horse and rider! (Don’t forget to feed yourself, too!)
It’s a Simple Equation
So to meet this demand, we look to fattier feed which is higher in calories, but we shouldn’t forget to give free access to hay for the fiber and access to clean, cool, water. Protein requirements don’t increase with exercise, so you really don’t need to worry beyond the usual ration of 0.6 grams of digestible protein per kilogram of horse. That would be 270g of protein per day in our four hundred and fifty kilo example horse. (He’s a nice horse.)
The bottom line is, increased workload in your horse in training means an increased caloric intake in their diet. While you’re learning the balancing act, ulcers or stomach issues may occur, and that’s where Abler comes in. Abprazole Plus has a protein pump inhibitor with probiotic to help your horse heal from stomach woes.