Mature performance horses are horses that are over the age of four and are actively engaged in a performance activity, such as racing, jumping, or dressage. They require a different diet and exercise routine than younger horses, as they have different nutritional needs and are more susceptible to injuries.
Mature performance horses need a diet that is high in energy and protein, but low in fat. They also need plenty of fiber to help with digestion. It is important to feed mature performance horses a diet that is specifically tailored to their needs, as too much or too little of any nutrient can be harmful.
Mature performance horses also need a regular exercise routine. They should be worked at least five days a week for at least an hour each day. The type of exercise that they do will depend on the specific performance activity that they are involved in. For example, racehorses will need to do more intense workouts than dressage horses.
It is important to monitor these precious horses closely for signs of injury. They are more susceptible to injuries than younger horses, as their joints and muscles are not as flexible. If you notice any signs of injury, such as lameness or swelling, it is important to take the horse to the veterinarian immediately.
Some additional tips for caring for mature performance horses:
- Make sure they have access to fresh, clean water at all times.
- Groom them regularly to remove dirt and debris from their coat and skin.
- Provide them with a comfortable place to sleep.
- Monitor their weight regularly and make sure they are not gaining or losing too much weight.
- Take them to the veterinarian for regular checkups.
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