What's new in feeding today's superstar racehorses and the champions of the future? In a sense, nothing and everything. While the basic nutritional needs of these elite equine athletes haven't changed, attention to the form in which their daily ration is provided and the level of specific nutrients in their diets has become far more critical. As faster records are set on the racetrack and expectations for heightened performance increase, so do the demands on the horse's system. More horses are sidelined by injuries caused by fatigue or a skeletal system that is not strong enough to perform its "job."
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One of the most important things we can do to prevent sports related injuries in our horses is to keep them properly conditioned. For barrel racing, that’s conditioned for four sprints and three turns in varying ground conditions. While long trotting or even loping around the pasture is great for overall physical (and mental) conditioning, it doesn’t prepare a barrel horse’s muscles and soft tissue for the demands of the sport.
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Laminitis, more commonly known as founder, is a disease that affects the feet of hooved animals. Founder is mostly seen in horses and cattle. Some signs of founder include foot or sole tenderness progressing into the inability to walk, increased pulses in the hooves, increased temperatures of the horse’s hooves, or an unusual way of standing (for example, the horse props its feet out in front of itself while leaning back on its hind legs).