If my brain is firing on the right memory cell I'm thinking that Michelle told me that she adds extra chow only when training or competition are ramped up. I'm still really fuzzy on safely increasing the chow, and when to decrease. With a horse that is worked every day it is simple, you'd do the same thing every day to maintain the weight.
How many calories can safely be added to the diet. Should those calories be onboard the morning of a ride? How much chow post ride? What about the day after when the horse is on R&R? (remember I'm thinking about fat storage which can convert to glycogen).
How much extra food is safe? How do you know? Is concentrate better than plain old oats? Does a rest day mean NO EXERCISE? Or does it mean light exercise/or turn out?
So many questions, so little time. ~E.G.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association