Horses - Diet and Nutrition/strong or weak


strong or weak
strong or weak  
hello ma'am, how this horse looking to you, i mean, strong well built or weak? if weak, what all to feed it to make it look healthy?

Hello Rohit,

Your question really is two-fold, for body condition and muscle are not necessarily the same thing.  Strength and endurance are not fairly evaluated by visual inspection, but rather are measured by the horse's ability to sustain work.  If this horse hasn't the strength for the work he performs, he requires conditioning and muscle development.  If you want a horse to build muscle you must both exercise him and feed him adequate amounts of dietary protein.  Protein is found in forages, in complete feeds (not so much in cereal grains) and by-products like soybean meal, canola meal, corn gluten meal and feed and the likes.

If you want this horse to fill out with more body condition, what you want him to do is essentially gain fat.  In order for a horse to put on body condition he must consume more dietary energy every day than he uses up.  Energy comes from forages, fat sources and cereal grains.  If you choose cereal grains as an energy source, be cautious not to feed too much as many horses have difficulty handling the heavy starch loads from cereal grains.  Determining if a horse is in 'ideal' body condition is a little subjective as some horse owners prefer horses with more body condition and some prefer less.  Performance horses and growing horses should be maintained at a body condition of 4.5-5.0, although I prefer my horses closer to a 5.5.  Body condition is a little harder to evaluate in a picture than it is in person, but I would estimate this horse's body condition at about 4.5.

Thanks, Corlena

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Corlena Patterson


I can help with any of your horse nutrition questions and concerns. I have been involved with horses for closing on 40 years, with a B.Sc in Animal Science and currently working on an M.Sc in Equine Science with the University of Edinburgh. I have owned my own feed store, consulted professionally as an equine nutritionist, and lectured in the fields of equine and dairy nutrition at the University level for 5 years. I have developed and currently market 'Ration-X', a ration formulation program for horses...designed for the everyday horse owner. I am happy to help in any way I can.


Experienced in developing and implementing feed programs for horses of all disciplines, creating custom horse supplements and managing inter-disciplinary equine facilities. Specialize in equine nutrition consulting.

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M.Sc (Equine Science-current), B.Sc(Agr) Animal Science, Equine Sports Massage Therapy Certification, Farrier Certification, Equine Consultant Certification, Certified Equine Appraiser, Certified in Emergency Equine Rescue.

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