So you can best let your horse eat a little bit before you start training him.
But make sure it’s not too much, because that can also have a negative result.
If your horse eats too much and he starts moving with a full stomach, the blood will flow to the gastrointestinal tract instead of towards the legs.
And that can cause cramp, just like in humans.
So choose a bit of hay or another form of roughage to feed your horse to absorb the stomach acid.
Don’t just give concentrates.
Concentrates will move quite fast through the stomach and can even cause acidification in the gastrointestinal tract.
When it’s difficult to provide hay in the morning, for example because you have certain rules at your livery, you can choose to feed your horse luzerne.
This is also some form of roughage and it’s something that you can buy yourself.
Give your horse a full scoop before the training, so there’s a layer of food inside the stomach that can absorb the stomach acid and prevents splashing.