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Horses In Training – Full Work

Microsteed analyses the nutrient contribution from all feeds, roughages and supplements against set nutrient requirements. Microsteed can be adjusted for metabolic rate, allowing assessment of individual horses in training with a tendency towards weight loss or weight gain during a season. Workload and environmental conditions are also taken into consideration and can be adjusted appropriately to provide tailored feeding advice relevant to the yard and phase of training.

This example shows a horse in full training with a diet of 6 kg of Race 13, alfalfa chaff, typical hay and electrolytes.

Daily intake of nutrients


This example shows the daily intake of nutrients for a horse in full training with a diet of 6 kg of Race 13, alfalfa chaff, typical hay and electrolytes.

The inclusion of alfalfa alongside hay with a good calcium profile raises calcium intake above the level for requirement, however such an intake is not harmful, and may be beneficial particularly as alfalfa is known for its positive effects on stomach health. Through analysis comparing total intake against optimum ranges, it is possible to see that no further supplementation of calcium is warranted and could be detrimental should the intake become excessive.

Optimum nutrient ratios


Microsteed is an important tool when deciding where supplements are needed and when they should be avoided through providing information on the total dietary balance.

In addition to considering total daily intake, Microsteed will also consider the balance of key minerals in the total diet including calcium, phosphorus, zinc and copper. The balance of minerals influences absorption and also activity within the body.

Mineral ratios


Once nutrient intake and balance is considered, Microsteed also assesses the contribution nutrients make toward energy requirements. The balance of energy provided through the various nutrients is important when considering impact on type of energy provided, fast releasing or slow releasing, and how this balances against style of training and temperament of the horse. Energy balance is particularly important when feeding horses prone to tying-up.

Energy Contribution


Saracen’s Thoroughbred team can provide Microsteed evaluations customised with forage analysis to provide a clear picture of the daily intake and requirements at various stages of training. Through understanding the profile of various feeds and relevant forages, diets can be adjusted as needed throughout the season to ensure the best results are achieved.