With autumn being just around the corner signals the end to the summer competition season for horses.
With autumn being just around the corner signals the end to the summer competition season for horses. At this stage, many horses have had a long competition season and are facing experienced competitors in the final stages of classes. It can be difficult to keep the horse in both the right condition and attitude for continued competition success. Fortunately, by the end of the season the horse is both fit and experienced, though there maybe some challenges to overcome. Ensuring your competition horses are able to recover as quickly as possible in the summer month will ensure the best possible chance for future competition successes.
The main nutritional challenges that competition horses face in the summer are to maintain the horse’s appetite, body condition and hydration. Check out our quick tips below on summer recovery tips for competition horses.
The Right Diet
Summertime competition demands a high level of nutrition and particularly increases the needs for trace elements and vitamins in the horse’s diet. Horses maybe a bit lacklustre because of depleted nutritional reserves. Including a concentrated multivitamin and mineral supplement, such as Chevinal with their feed, can address this depletion and help return a horse to form giving them the “pick me up” that they may need. Multivitamin supplementation also supports the horse’s natural appetite.
Another key for ensuring performance ability during the summer season is hydration. Even in a mild climate, summertime competition leads to sweating which results in a loss of water and electrolytes. Mild dehydration can reduce a horses speed, agility and concentration, which impacts competition results. Horses require electrolyte replacement, to ensure water is retained within the body, restoring the natural hydration. Using a paste electrolyte such as Refuel Gel after competition or a powder electrolyte in the feed replaces lost electrolytes and promotes water intake.
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