The amount and kind of work your horse or pony is doing is an important factor when calculating the quantity
and type of feed to give. It is important to get it right because it helps you to know not only what type, and
how much you should be feeding your horse, but more importantly it helps you to know how much of each essential
mineral and vitamins your horse needs to maintain homeostasis (the balance of all internal systems). Whatever
the level of work horses are doing, they need essential quality protein,
vitamins and minerals to support general health and well-being including tissue integrity, muscle tone and healthy hoof growth. Horses will usually let
us know if they're not getting the right amount of energy because they'll lose or gain too much weight and
condition, but they may not show they're lacking, or suffering from excess of minerals and vitamins until the
symptoms are in full swing. People rarely underestimate their horse's workload, they more often overestimate it
meaning their horse is getting too much food and you're spending too much money. So, as a rough guide a horse
'at maintenance' is one that stays in a paddock, meaning that it is not in any work at all.
The table below provides a guide to assessing your horse's work load and feed type.
Horses on box rest, or turned away
Maximum of 1 hour per day hacking, mostly at
walk with some trotting and cantering, or light schooling 1 - 3 times
per week, mostly at the trot with some canter.
Daily hacking 1 - 2 hours, schooling 30 - 60
minutes per day, dressage, show-jumping, novice or intermediate 1 day eventing or hunting 1 day per week.
Hard schooling / training, advanced one day
events. endurance, eventing, 3 day events, hunting 2 days per week, polo and
all forms of racing.
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