can be manipulated nutritionally; horses can be hyped up, or
slowed down, by manipulation of the energy supply. High levels of
glucose in the bloodstream (resulting from a high starch/sugar
diet) will predispose a horse to excitable behaviour. This can be
exacerbated by relatively high levels of minerals & vitamins in
the diet (particularly those required for energy metabolism in the
muscles). Fats can be slowly converted to glucose, so providing a
slow-release source of energy. If a horse's overall energy supply
is greater than its maintenance requirement, the excess energy may
be stored either as fat, or as glycogen in the muscles, or used up
in some form of exercise. The latter may manifest itself with
vices such as weaving in the stable, and general
deficiency in the energy supply will result in a horse which will
have poor stamina because of low levels of muscle glycogen
(short-term energy reserves). Inadequate levels of the minerals
and vitamins essential for energy metabolism in the muscles will
restrict energy utilisation, and consequently, performance.
healthy horse, able to cope with its workload, will be receiving a
diet providing a correct balance of essential nutrients. This
varies considerably from horse to horse; an experienced horseman
or woman will have found out the hard way the requirements of
individual horses in their charge. A competent nutritionist can
provide useful guidance, and even calculate diets on a scientific
basis (as happens in some top racing yards), but ultimately
success is dependant on good management by the rider, owner, and
grooms closely observing the performance of a horse in relation to
its diet, and making appropriate adjustments to obtain optimum
Lethargy/Lack of Stamina
condition good, add mineral/vitamin
supplement to feed - e.g. Pegavite™ , Pegasus Premium C.L.O.,
Equi-Builda™ for a few days before work.
Increase training to
get horse fitter.
Feed high energy starchy diet e.g. Competition Mix/Oats
Reduce feed, especially high starch/sugar feeds.
Reduce/eliminate mineral/vitamin supplement.
Change to higher oil/higher fibre/oat-free feeds.
Try magnesium-rich supplement - (n.b. most Horseheath products are
well supplemented with magnesium).
Feed Non-Heating Mix/Economy Mix/AntiLam™, Body-Builda™, (the
last may be too much for a pony
the Products page for more information,
or you can order live yeast and Magnesium Oxide via the Supplies