How to Safely Make Diet Changes and Overcoming Common Digestive Issues in the Competition Horse
Being the world’s greatest athletes… and looking so good doing it… takes a lot of calories. Horses have a naturally high feed intake need, and on top of living and breathing awesomeness, we ask them to race for miles, jump for meters, gallop into a sliding stop, dance in place, and reach top speeds before spinning around a barrel at a 45 degree angle.
Feeding these kinds of performances is a science and an art, and often it’s a work-in-progress to find the perfect combination of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, compounds, herbs, and additives to meet the needs of the horse and the demands of the sport – without over or under supplying any ingredients. Likewise, making adjustments to the horse’s diet takes finesse to not create new problems in digestion, absorption, and overall health.
Let’s look into how to safely make diet changes and focus on some of the risk factors and solutions for common digestive disturbances.
Determining the ideal diet for your horse is a much bigger conversation, one that takes analysis of each individual horse and their current diet, environment, training regime, competition schedule, health history, and more. If you have questions about your horse’s diet meeting their needs, contact your Science Supplements nutritionist for advice. In this post, we’ll focus on why and how you can limit the side effects of diet changes and ways to reduce the risk of hindgut disturbances.