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Hi ma'am. Here at the local racetrack, off season is going on till June mid. The climate is very hot touching 42 degrees. May I know the best feed for racing thoroughbreds in this season?

We are not going to exercise horses with load like trotting, cantering and galloping. Both mornings and evenings horses for for swimming exercise and youngsters are broken to ride.

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Hello Roberts,

Thank you for your question.  As with many of your previous general questions on feeding, it is difficult to give you a 'one size fits all' answer.  Every diet should be based on good quality forage, with grain and supplements fed as required to fill in any gaps between what nutrients your forage can supply and what nutrients your horses need.  This differs by horse and by goals.  Your horses may not be working, but you may want to take the opportunity to replenish body condition scores, maintain muscle mass and/or optimize bone density...and the requirements to do so vary from horse to horse.

Start by feeding a good quality forage free choice, and round of the diets on an as needed basis.  To provide you with more specific recommendations requires a more detailed request.

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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