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hello sir. does 16 pounds of oats with bran, supplements, carrots, chopped alfalfa hay be sufficient for a thoroughbred racehorse? i would feed my horse 3 times day 4 pounds of oats in the morning at 8:30am, 8 pounds at 5pm and at 1am again 4 pounds.

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HI  DEPENDS ON THE SIZE OF THE HORSE YOU ARE TRAINING. 16LBS MIGHT BE A BIT MUCH FOR A HORSE THAT IS NOT IN HEAVY TRAINING. FEEDING 3 TIMES A DAY IS A GOOD THING AS IT USUALY TAKES 12 HOURS  TO PASS THRU A HORSES DIGESTIVE SYSTEM. I WOULD FEED A SMALL AMOUNT OF OATS EARLY IN THE AM A HOUR OR SO BEFORE TRAINING, THEN I FEED 4 QUARTS AFTER TRAINING AND THE AROUND 5 OR SO THE REG NIGHT FEEDING. REMEMBER THAT OVER FEEDING OF PROTIEN IS NOT GOOD. I FEED ABOUT 12 % ONLY. TOO MUCH PROTEIN CAUSES PROBLEMS WITH THE LEGS FILLING UP ETC. OK  THANKS ED HESS

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Have trained thoroughbreds for 30 odd years. Have been a licensed trainer for that long of time. I continue to train my race horses and thoroughly enjoy every day.

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Experience: Licensed trainer for over 30 yrs. Have had lots of winners in all different types of races - from bottom claimers to top quality stakes winners. My best money winner was Aristocratic Cross (multiple stakes winner). My best claiming horse was Navajo Family, winner of 12 races in one year. I still enjoy racing a modest stable of horses each year.

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