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Energy Requirements of Work for Light Horses a and Desirable Body Condition Scores

Energy Requirements of Work for Light Horses a and Desirable Body Condition Scores

Activity

DE (Mcal/day)

Optimalb Body Condition Score

Idle (maintenance, for reference to increased needs below)

0.033 × body weight (kg)

4–7

Halter competition, pleasure trail riding

1.20 × DE for maintenance

5–7

Performance/show (English and Western, youth activity), equestrian instruction

1.4 × DE for maintenance

5–6

Ranch work, frequent strenuous show (cutting and roping, barrel racing), endurance trail ride, lower level 3-day event (hunt course, stadium jumping, dressage), polo

1.60 × DE for maintenance

4–5

Race training, elite 3-day event

1.9 × DE for maintenance

4–5

a 200–600 kg body weight

bDepends on breed, type of competition, and environment