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Racehorses are physically very demanding. A race horse’s diet is therefore a clever mix of different energy sources that will enable it to cover its energy needs according to the type of effort it will have to make. We speak of energy for long effort or energy for short and explosive effort.
Remember, the horse is a herbivore. It is therefore essential that the horse’s diet (whatever its discipline or use) includes a good quantity of fibre. Fibre alone should represent more than 50% of the total ration of a race or competition horse (a minimum of 1.5% of the horse’s weight). For example, an endurance horse will need a lower protein intake than a racehorse, and stables that feed cereals to racehorses and use Crau hay to compensate for the lack of protein will not have the same complementary feed requirements as those that feed standard grassland hay.
The horse’s stomach is relatively small, so to cover the needs of racehorses rations must be split into several meals. Concentrated feed is usually given to racehorses three times a day. This horse feed consists of cereals, mainly oats and barley. Cereals contain starch, which is then converted into glucose, the fuel for the racehorse. These starch intakes must be kept to a minimum, as too much starch can lead to ulcers in horses.
Racehorses can receive fats, such as oils (rapeseed, linseed, etc.) as a supplement to their ration, which will provide them with an additional source of energy. The advantage of this energy is that it is not loaded with starch and is easily stored and redistributed by the body.
Minerals and trace elements are an integral part of a racehorse’s diet. In particular, sodium chloride, calcium and magnesium are essential for the racehorse to improve its resistance to fatigue and reduce joint pain. Antioxidants and vitamins C and E are also essential in the racehorse’s diet.
It is not uncommon for racehorses to be offered a wet meal such as mash after intense exercise. This preparation, made from cereals inflated with hot water, allows the racehorse to rehydrate more quickly and therefore to eliminate the toxins produced by the intense effort. It also allows the horse’s intestinal transit to become more fluid after a heavy effort.
In order to combine all these components in a balanced diet that meets the energy needs of racehorses, the Royal Horse H and C range has been designed.
On the other hand, some racehorses may be prone to gastric or muscular problems, so the feed must be adapted for this type of horse. The H150 feed contains a lower starch content, prebiotic and probiotic supplements for horses. It is also supplemented with omega 3, which promotes the use of fat energy.
The Royal Horse C range of feed supplements provides racehorses with nutrition perfectly adapted to their needs. The C600 feed contains a plant-based antioxidant complex and a variety of micro-algae with a high concentration of DHA, a specific fatty acid of the Omega 3 family that improves heart function. The C500 horse supplement has been specifically designed for horses with joint problems, with several complexes to promote joint elasticity.