This category includes horses that are trained and exercised hard and/or regularly competed at a high level. It is, of course, impossible to advise with numerical accuracy on the feeding of high-performance horses. Their nutritional needs vary quite significantly depending on the type of performance of the horse, its competition schedule, individual metabolism and ability to absorb and convert nutrients. These horses have increased nutritional needs in terms of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Remember that the amount of forage feed available to the horse will always determine the amount of concentrate feed needed, if any. High-performance horses will usually need concentrate feed so as to maintain a healthy weight and cope with their hard work schedule.