Defining your horse
1. Provide information about the breed. Click to get a predefined list of breeds to select from. When using the preselected breeds your program will propose a body weight. You may change this weight at any time based on your own knowledge.
2. In the frames for Sex, Blood type*, Horse type** and Birth date you select the correct values for your horse. If the breed is selected from the predefined list, PC-Horse will select the correct blood type.
*Criteria for selection of Blood type:
Coldblood - pony for all types of coldblooded horses and ponies (except coldblooded trotters)
Warmblood - Coldblooded trotter for all warmblooded horses and coldblooded trotters.
Fullblood for English fullblood and Arabians
**Criteria for selection of horse type:
Young horse is used for growing horses aged 0-3 years. You should provide breed, birth date, and expected adult body weight, targeted gain (rapid for trotters, fullblood and for warmblooded riding horses that are raised to compete at an early age), and, when relevant, the intensity of training. A rapid targeted gain should also be selected for young hosres that are raised outside in groups.
Do not select training until your horse is trained systematically.
Smaller trips should not be registered as training. Training leads to increased energy requirements, and the balance between energy and protein requirements change. Daily feed allocations will affect the daily gain in body weight.
Maintenance is used for horses that are not trained or used for other types of work, for instance a convalescent. When you have entered the body weight for horses that are not trained you may adjust the energy requirements in accordance with the body condition of the horse. If your horse is thin and needs to gain weight, you can correct the daily energy requirement by 10-15% for a period. In the same way you will reduce the requirement for a horse that is to fat and needs to lose condition.
Training - Competition is used for trained horses and for horses where the work load increases the energy demands above the demands required for maintenance. When Training is selected you should check the body weight of your horse, and proceed to the screen labelled "Training" where you provide more detailed information about the intensity of training.
Pregnant mareis used for the mare from mating to parturition. You should provide the date for the last mating in the "Date of mating" field. The program keeps track of the pregnancy month, and corrects requirements for energy and nutrients accordingly. The energy requirements are identical to maintenance for the first 2/3 of the pregnancy, and then increases progressively until term.
Lactating mare is used for mares that have given birth and are suckled. The program keeps track of the lactation month, and corrects requirements for energy and nutrients accordingly.
Active horse is used to provide extra energy for horses that are having access to larger areas of land, and are active without being in an training program. Energy requirements are increased by 10%.