A horse in training, obviously burns more energy than a recreational horse, with no work load as such. Logically, this used energy needs to be replenished through the feed.
In this table you will find the bonus a sport horse needs to be fed in addition to its maintenance needs. The comparison is measured in working days and working hours.
Weight of horse and rider
Horse 400 kg, rider 60 kg Horse 600 kg, rider 80 kg
VEP VRE VEP VRE
Bonus per working day 180 15 240 20 Walk 410 30 610 45 Light work 760 60 1120 85 Normal work 1220 95 1810 140 Heavy work 1580 120 2340 180 Very heavy work 3780 290 5580 430
Of course the numbers in this table are estimates and averages. In abnormal weather conditions or a horse that is far from being in shape… it is easy to understand these figures need to be adjusted. In those cases the common sense of the horse keeper needs to be addressed and rations lowered or raised, according to circumstances. Example:
A sport horse (recreational) that performs normal work (1/2h per day) with a body weight of 600 kg
Need: VEP maintenance: 4730 VEP
Work bonus: ¼ light, ½ normal ¼ light: 732,5 VEP
Total = 5462,5 VEP
VRE Maintenance: 360
Work bonus: 56,25
Total = 416,25 VRE
Ration: silage 1st ct (335 VEP; 48 VRE) and Lannoo Active Plus (810 VEP; 75 VRE)
7 kg silage: 2345 VEP; 336 VRE
3,9 kg concentrate: 3159 VEP; 292,5 VRE
Total: 5504VEP; 628,5 VRE
In this example a clear surplus of proteins is to be found. A surplus that can be resolved by replacing the silage with hay (hay contains less proteins than silage), or making the silage or hay so that it has lower levels of protein. If Lannoo Active plus were to be changed with Lannoo Basic Plus, the horses needs are also met, but with more kg of concentrate. The same comparison goes for Lannoo Sport, but the other way around.