Christina Reynolds, PAS
Feeding Competition Horses
Nutrition for a sport horse is a crucial part of success in the show ring. Watch as Christina Reynolds, PAS, discusses the key elements for a competition horse’s diet and how optimizing a feeding program not only benefits a horse’s health, but also his performance. This video is brought to you by Triple Crown.
About This Video
In this video, Christina Reynolds, PAS, explains that feeding sport horses is a little bit of art and a little bit of science, and is often customized for every individual. First and foremost, she notes how roughage should be the basis of every horse’s diet, comprising at least 1%-2% of forage per day. Concentrates are added to meet dietary requirements and support the horse’s physical demands of competition, and Reynolds advises owners to read their feed tags and follow manufacturer instructions. She also discusses the benefits of adding fat to a sport horse’s diet and outlines the importance of meeting a horse’s minimum mineral requirements; what may be physical signs of a diet lacking in certain nutrients; and how in some situations a ration balancer can help avoid deficiencies. Reynolds then points out how gut health impacts every aspect of a horse’s condition and performance, and how problems are often caused by stress and use of antibiotics. Finally, she explains why owners should make any necessary adjustments to a horse’s diet over a period of time and how to support a horse’s gut during times of injury recovery or rehabilitation.
- Feeding Basics
- Fat Content
- Gut Health
- Making Changes
This video is brought to you by Triple Crown, the Official Feed of US Equestrian.
About The Expert
A lifelong equestrian, Christina Reynolds grew up in the horse industry participating in a variety of disciplines and is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a focus on nutrition and agricultural business management. Involved in the feed industry for the last 13 years, Reynolds works as a Regional Sales Manager for Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc., and is a certified Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) through the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. Reynolds currently lives in Southern Pines, N.C., where she enjoys fox hunting and polocrosse as well as competing in the sport of endurance.
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