Feeding you horse after exercise is a little more complex. Close attention need to be paid to what is fed immediately after exercise for horses in hard to very hard work. These horses experience significant water and electrolyte losses and will burn through muscle glycogen and experience muscle fatigue.
5 important points to remember when feeding after exercise:
1. Re-hydrate the horse
2. Replace electrolytes lost
3. Refill and rebuffer the stomach
4. Replenish muscle glycogen (the muscle store of glucose)
5. Feed the muscles and provide building blocks for muscle building