The calorie breakdown for recovery from "work" (hills, sustained trotting, intervals) is as follows in miles:
5= 3500 calories added to the ration
15=10, 500 calories
20= 14,000 calories
30= 21,000 calories
Because of the nature of what we do recovery rations have to be low protein, high fat, and also replenish electrolyte losses (in hot weather) and actually end up in the horse's digestive tract (vs. remaining in the feed bucket).
Last night we did about 5 miles of hill work so based on the above calculations she needed an additional 3500 calories in her recovery ration. She did eat that over night, but then refused her morning chow which means we accomplished nothing.
Walking off....scratching my head....trying to figure out how to get the chow to her when she needs it, and keeping her diet low starch on off days, and get her to clean up all of her feed. ~ E.G.