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hello ma'am, we in indian racetracks, feed thoroughbred racehorses twice a day. morning around 9am after exercising gets finished and in the evening at 6pm before grooms leave home. so, is this a correct feed schedule for racehorses? is feeding racehorses twice a day a correct procedure or can we feed them thrice a day?

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Hello Rohit,

Thank you for your question.  How many times per day you should feed really depends on what kind of grain you're feeding and how much of it is being fed.  Hay should be available to horses at all times.  So you will want to ensure that you feed enough at each feeding to get to the next, or add a nighttime feeding at night check.  Cereal grains should not be fed at a rate of more than 0.5kg grain per 100kg of body weight at any one feeding (2.5kg/feeding for a 500kg horse)...so if you are feeding more than 5kg of grain per day you are going to want to add another feeding.  If horses are receiving more than 5kg of grain per day, consider spreading the amount over 3-4 feedings per day.  This will cut down on the risk of colic and improve the efficiency with which your  horse digests feed.

Thanks, Corlena

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Corlena Patterson

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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.

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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.

Organizations
The American Society of Equine Appraisers

Publications
'Stable Management' Handbook, Equine Canada.

Education/Credentials
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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