Horse Nutrition: Feeding Your Stallion

Nutrition plays a vital role in the performance of your stallion during breeding season. A well-balanced diet, with adequate protein, will ensure your stallion’s nutritional requirements are met, resulting in a successful breeding season for your clients and stud. In this article, we outline the three key ingredients of your stallion’s diet that are crucial to their health, wellbeing and performance.

1. Energy
Today, it’s not uncommon for sought-after stallions to be expected to perform in the breeding shed and the arena. The caloric needs of your stallion must
be taken into account when devising a suitable nutrition plan.

The demands of breeding and competition require a higher caloric intake. High quality roughage sources, high in fibre, should form 50% of your stallion’s
ration. A low-sugar, high-fibre diet will meet your stallion’s energy requirements, without producing hot or aggressive behaviours.

2. Protein

While often misunderstood, protein is one of the most important components of your stallion’s diet. Without protein, your stallion’s body is simply unable
to support the growth and repair of bones, muscles and soft tissues.
Protein delivers amino acids – the building blocks of life – to your stallion’s body, of which the most important is the amino acid lysine. Without sufficient
levels of lysine, your stallion will have difficulty using any of the other amino acids available.

3. Vitamins and minerals

Finally, there are a number of vitamins and minerals that have been shown to improve stallion fertility, including selenium, vitamin E and vitamin C. Research
suggests selenium is important in sperm motility, while vitamin C may increase sperm concentration.
Antioxidants, like vitamin E, in combination with omega-3 fatty acids, have also been shown to improve sperm quality. In addition, optimal levels of omega-3,
6 and 9 promote muscle development, top line, and a healthy skin and coat.

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