What are the nutritional needs of thoroughbreds? 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 nurs...Read More
A balanced diet for horses consists of grass or hay, grain mix, and water.
The nutritional components of a horse’s diet can be grouped into five categories: protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.
Foals ingest colostrum from their mother’s milk when they first begin to nurse, giving the foal antibodies to fight off diseases.
Today, diet formulation for thoroughbred racehorses begins and ends with a delicate balance of nutrient intake and energy output.
Depending on age and activity level, a horse’s nutritional needs can vary dramatically.
Pregnant mares, racehorses, and stallions have the greatest nutritional needs; lactating mares need the most nutrients to support their growing foals.