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Nutrition

Photographer: Kathy Landman
Depending on age and activity level, a horse’s nutritional needs can vary dramatically.
Foals ingest colostrum from their mother’s milk when they first begin to nurse, giving the foal antibodies to fight off diseases.
Hay and grass should make up a percentage of the horse’s diet.
The nutritional components that make up a horse’s diet can be grouped in five categories: protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.
In the wild, horses survive by grazing relatively poor-quality grasslands.
Today, diet formulation for thoroughbred racehorses begins and ends with a delicate balance of nutrient intake and energy output.
Photographer: Kathy Landman

When it comes to nutritional requirements, racehorses are in a class of their own.  Over the past decade, commercial products have been formulated specifically for racehorses focusing on a healthy equine athlete and a peak performance.

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Chris Baker from Three Chimneys Farm shares some comprehensive information on equine nutrition for foals, weanlings, mares and stallions. For the first several months, foals receive their basic nutrients from milk. This means that the mare or nursing mare needs to be consuming high quality feed ...

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Post delivery, the foal and mare take time to bond. The foal will attempt its first steps and eventually build enough stability to stand on its' own. Once standing, the foal will have its first meal of colostrum. Colostrum is the first milk produced by the mare just before she foals, and for not ...

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With Honors, a 5-year-old mare owned by LNJ Foxwoods, delivered a filly by Tapit at 9:10 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2019 at Claiborne Farm as part of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol Season 2.  It’s such an exciting time when a foal is born! To ensure the foal’s health, f...

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Horses need to eat a variety of foods to stay healthy. The needs of the horse can vary by age as well as activity. Pregnant mares usually need more nutrients to support their growing foal. Racehorses usually need more food to build their muscles and strength for racing. It’s a balance of having...

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