Feeding High-Performance Horses


USEF Names Kentucky Equine Research as Official Equine Nutritionist

March 17, 2005

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to name one of the world's foremost equine nutrition specialists as the Federation's Official Equine Nutritionist. Kentucky Equine Research (KER), based in Versailles, Ky., boasts more... Read More


Farnam/Purina Partner on New Feeding Program

March 08, 2005

On March 7, Farnam, known for its wide variety of equine products from equine dewormers to fly sprays to equipment, and Purina, one of the country's most recognized and respected manufacturers of animal feeds, announced they had become partners... Read More


Feeding Geriatrics, Athletic Horses

March 01, 2004

The traditional diet for horses includes oats, corn, and barley. Starch (a hydrolyzable carbohydrate) is a pri... Read More


AAEP 2003: Nutritional Considerations for Athletic Horses

February 17, 2004

"For athletic horses, energy is the most important nutritional consideration," said Geor. "Energy is not a nutrient per se, but rather a measure of a feed's potential to fuel body functions."... Read More


The Equine Stomach (AAEP 2003: Milne Lecture)

January 31, 2004

Merritt's presentation highlighted advances made over the last 40 years in the understanding of how the equine stomach functions and its related diseases. His presentation had a special emphasis on equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS), and slides of ... Read More


Building Better Athletes Through Nutrition

July 01, 2003

Nutritional strategies for raising and competing sounder Thoroughbreds, many of which can be applied to horses of all breeds, was presented by Laurie Lawrence, PhD, at the Thoroughbred International Exposition and Conference (TIEC). Lawrence, wh... Read More


Antioxidants for Exercising Horses

June 25, 2003

Could feeding antioxidants to your horse help him through a performance problem? ... Read More


When to Feed Your Athlete

April 01, 2003

What is the best feeding practice for horses before competition exercise or a hard training session? There is no real consensus on this issue and, similar to the field of human performance nutrition, there are many opinions on what is best. Some... Read More


AAEP Convention: Nutrition

March 01, 2003

A lot has happened in the field of equine nutrition research in the last five years.... Read More


AAEP 2002: Recent Developments in Equine Nutrition

February 04, 2003

A lot has happened in the field of equine research in the last five years. Ginger Rich, PhD, of Rich Equine Nutritional Consulting in Eads, Tenn.; and Leslie Breuer, PhD, of LH Breuer and Associates, updated veterinarians and others who attended... Read More


AAEP 2002: Possible Environmental Sources of Drug Positives

January 07, 2003

As post-performance drug testing methods become more sensitive, racehorse and show horse owners, veterinarians, handlers, and trainers have become more aware that positive drug tests could be the result of inadvertent contamination of the horse... Read More


Feeding Management for Stressful Situations

November 01, 2002

"Anytime you ask a horse to be a performance horse (taking him out of his natural environment), you put him in a stressful situation," said Joe Pagan, PhD, owner of Kentucky Equine Research (KER) in Versailles, Ky., during his presentation... Read More


Feed for Speed

October 01, 2002

Few dispute that nutrition is important for athletic performance in racehorses. However, I'd wager that there is much less agreement among horse owners, nutritionists, and veterinarians when asked to expound upon the "nitty gritty" of what works... Read More


Feeding for Performance

February 01, 2002

Feeding high-performance horses is a challenge. If nutritional requirements are met appropriately, performance can be improved over those horses which are fed imbalanced diets in irregular amounts. When working with a veterinarian or nutritionis... Read More


Matching Diet to Activity Level

December 01, 2001

When it comes to extracting the maximum effort out of your performance horse, there is no doubting the importance of a sound feeding program. He needs a balanced diet to replenish fuel reserves, repair tissue, and provide a foundation for... Read More


Advances In Equine Nutrition: KER conference 1998

October 05, 2001

The nutrition conference for feed manufacturers presented by Kentucky Equine Research (KER) of Versailles, Ky., attracted more than 200 delegates involved in research and feed manufacturing from the United States, Europe,... Read More


A World Apart--Olympic Games 2000

September 13, 2001

Changes in diet, transportation, high-level competition...all are known to take their toll on performance horses. Combine these three and you have the making of a disaster, unless proper preparations are made to combat these stresses. For the... Read More


Feeding the Endurance Horse

September 01, 2001

The nutritional needs of the endurance horse are somewhat unique compared to horses used for other athletic disciplines. The metabolic demands of endurance racing (including competitive trail riding and ride and tie events) are high, requiring... Read More


High-Energy Feeds

June 01, 2001

The importance of nutrition for optimal athletic performance, regardless of the level of competition, cannot be over-emphasized. We should on occasion refresh our understanding of some basic concepts and look at ways to meet the nutritional need... Read More


Performance Boosters

August 01, 2000

They purport to "Increase power." "Delay fatigue." "Increase stamina." "Build muscle." "Reduce recovery time." "Extensive research has proven..." Doubtless, most of you have seen and read advertisements for nutritional supplements in... Read More


Pre-Exercise Feeding

May 01, 2000

When and what should I feed my horse before exercise? This question is very familiar to equine nutritionists, and generally sparks considerable debate about feeding management of horses prior to competition. While it generally is agreed that... Read More


Body Fuel

January 01, 2000

The importance of nutrition for optimization of athletic performance cannot be overemphasized. ... Read More


Feeding Racehorses

August 01, 1999

On several occasions in the past year or two, we’ve discussed in this series the intricacies of feeding young horses for optimum growth. We’ve also walked you through the pertinent points of fueling the high-performance equine athlete, for... Read More


Feeding the High-Octane Horse

August 01, 1998

But because forages are not high-energy feeds, the athletic horse's diet needs to be supplemented in order to provide enough energy for him to perform at peak capacity. Traditionally, this is done by feeding grains, which are rich in carbohydrates... Read More


Feeding Fat for Energy and Performance

July 01, 1997

If there was a nutritional buzzword that was started in the '90s, it was fat. We fitness-conscious (and frequently overweight) North Americans still might not fully understand the differences between "good" cholesterol and "bad" cholesterol... Read More