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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.