I quite like the look of this horse!
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman
I was under the impression an endurance horse needs slow - release energy, like oil....of course the beetpulp keeps the horse hydrated. Very important.
So, how is he bred? Just out of interest.....
We had a CTR rider stay with us for a couple days, she fed some sweet feed, beet pulp, some alfalfa cubes with a mineral supplement and a good quality hay. Her horse had just won "Best Condition" after a (I think she said) 100 mile ride the weekend before stopping by our place, and I can tell you - he was in FABULOUS condition.
She explained that during a ride (and some rides are 2 or more days) they need to carry all the feed they'll require on the trail with them, so they opt for high energy foods that are also light and easy to carry (on the trail the horse was allowed to graze, no hay).
I know Endurance is a bit different than CTR, but I'm guessing a similar diet plan would be set up for them.