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Horses - Diet and Nutrition/supplements for racehorses


hello ma'am. in general what all supplements do racing thoroughbreds need in their diet to be fit enough to perform well in the race?

Hello Caine,

Thank you for your question, although a thorough answer is not possible in this forum.  A horse's fitness level is not the result of diet alone, but rather a combination of feeding, conditioning and training. From a dietary perspective, horse's need to have their nutrient requirements met in order to thrive.  Each horse's nutrient requirements are determined by a function of size and activity level, with some consideration for health status.  Because each horse and situation is different, it is impossible to give you one 'secret recipe' for success.  What you can do is start with the basics and formulate diets based on a horse's needs.

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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