ridecamp@endurance.net: what to eat

what to eat

John & Sue Greenall (greenall@vermontel.com)
Tue, 9 Dec 1997 22:21:37 -500

Some posts have brought up the point that only horses that are
"running for it" need be concerned with the fine points of nutrition.
The horses that are not running are out there a long time, a long
time of not eating. I know that my horses get ravenous on a 100 mile
ride, especially if I am just riding in, not racing. I am concerned
with what to feed a horse with a relatively "empty" gut at that
point, grain or hay or grass if available. In the wee hours, most of
us are walking, with a jog here and there, so the horse is not
working anywhere as hard as they did earlier in the ride. They grab
anything they can to eat, but what should we offer at those "all
night cafes" aka holds? What say you nutrition gurus to the
nutritional needs of a horse that has been working for 15+ hours?
John and Sue Greenall

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