Equine nutritionist ruth bishop bsc hons dip eqsc considers some good general principles of the nutritional management of the competition horse looking at how to feed your horse before during and after an event. The merck veterinary manual was first published in 1955 as a service to the community the legacy of this great resource continues as the merck veterinary manual in the us and canada and the msd manual outside of north america. Reports of uncomplicated nutrient deficiencies in horses are rare the nutrients most likely to be deficient are caloric sources protein calcium phosphorus copper sodium chloride and selenium depending on age and type of horse and geographic area. Working horses lactating mares and horses receiving diuretics need higher potassium intakes because of sweat milk and urinary losses hard work may increase intake needs by a factor of 18 it has been proposed that rations fed to hard working horses should provide 45 g potassium mcal de. Jane nixon of nixon equine vet consultancy offers consultancy based advice on the performance and management of the competition horse from day 1 of the foals life to the pinnacle of its competitive career and management thereafter to all horse owners both locally and nationally
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