<< This process takes several years and until you get to this point,
good standard feeding practices as discussed by Bob will be just fine.
When you are at the point that you need the extra five minutes in a 100
miles, then fine tuning the feed may be the answer.
I was with you throughout your post until this final passage. Nutritional
support--or the lack of it--can make or break the athlete all along the
conditioning curve. And the nutritional requirements are constantly changing.
For example, does anybody here actually know the difference in requirements
of Vitamin E between a horse that is standing in a stall 24 hours a day and
one that is exercising 5 to 15 hard miles a day (assume 900 lbs of horseflesh
in both cases)? Let's hear the numbers and the rationale behind them, please.