[Giveaway] Kentucky Derby Shopping Spree Sweepstakes

With the Kentucky Derby this past weekend, it’s the most exciting time of year to be a horse enthusiast. Whether you managed to make it to Churchill Downs or you tuned in at home, you might be feeling inspired to get your own horse in better shape for the summer. Try these real racehorse inspired training tips to get your wannabe Secretariat performing at their best. Before you start conditioning your horse, it’s a good idea to set a specific, realistic goal. Kentucky Derby hopefuls gradually work up to the 1-1/4 mile distance over time until they build up both speed and stamina. That way, by the time race day comes around, running the track feels just like another training session. Your goal doesn’t need to be quite as intense. If you and your horse are not yet on a training routine, a goal to train 3-5 times per week can be a great start.

Get into a habit of checking your horse’s heart rate before, during, and after training. Kentucky Derby trainers get very familiar with their horse’s baseline heart rate, which ranges from 30 to 40 beats per minute (BPM) for the average horse, and maxes out at 220-250 BPM.

During every training session, trainers monitor their horse’s heart rate and aim to keep it in the aerobic zone for the majority of the session. In the aerobic zone, your horse’s heart rate is at just 70-80% of their maximum, allowing their body to take in enough oxygen to keep up with their movement. 

For short periods of time, your horse’s heart rate can reach the anaerobic zone at 80-90% of their maximum heart rate. In the anaerobic zone, your horse’s muscles use lactic acid, rather than oxygen, as fuel. Keeping your horse’s heart rate below their maximum delays the onset of fatigue and prevents muscle cramps so your horse can train longer and gradually build up stamina. End the workout with a cooldown exercise at 60-70% to promote recovery.

Finally, fuel your horse with a healthy, forage-based diet with the addition of grains if they’re in need of extra calories. Omega fatty acids like those found in Grizzly Omega Aid are a great source of slow-burning energy and can also protect your horse’s joint mobility at any age. As horses can be sensitive to dietary changes, consult your veterinarian for help with getting your horse on an appropriate diet that matches their individual needs and activity levels.

To help you and your horse get a strong head start on spring conditioning, we’re giving away a $250 shopping spree in the month of May.

Enter the 1-800-PetMeds® Kentucky Derby Shopping Spree Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate that you can use to shop for horse essentials like grooming tools, treats, supplements, and more on 1800PetMeds.com.

The 1-800-PetMeds® Kentucky Derby Shopping Spree Sweepstakes runs from Tuesday 05/04 through Monday 05/31. Everyone who comments from 5/4 to 5/31/21 is eligible to win. To enter, leave a comment below. The winner will be randomly selected and notified on June 1st.

Win A $250 1-800-PetMeds® Gift Certificate!
Get a head start on spring training with your horse!  Let us know below how you help keep your horse conditioned and fit and you could win a $250 gift cerfificate from 1800PetMeds! The winner will be chosen at random on 6/1/21, so everyone who participates has a chance to win! (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck!  

This contest has ended. Congrats to our winner Athena Graeme and her daughter and pony! This contest has ended, but be sure to check out our June giveaway and learn everything you need to know about Summer Grooming for your horse.

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93 Comments

  1. brush them and give room to roam

  2. A healthy diet, space for plenty of exercise and regular vet checkups!

  3. Philip LawrenceMay 8, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    I keep her conditioned and fit by having her trainer watch over her body and soul!

  4. A large exercise pasture, vet checkups, and very healthy food.

  5. Jennifer SouveroffMay 10, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Exercise, walks, good quality & healthy food and regular vet check ups

  6. Exercise and loving the

  7. Exercise, good food and love.

  8. I don’t have a horse, I have a pug.

  9. awesome

  10. Shandra DoolittleMay 14, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    I don’t have a horse, but love them!

  11. Reba CoutermarshMay 15, 2021 at 4:41 am

    Don’t have horses I have goats

  12. i live in the country and my horse jazzy she gets lots of pasture area , i and good shelter to .
    i am riding several times a week to give her a good workout
    i feed her fresh hay and good food she is brushed daily and yes we work here and do our own trim work to lol
    she has the vet come out for her checkups to !
    i love this gal a lot and want her around for a long time to come .
    its just me and my horse !

  13. We just adopted our 4th, so this would be helpful!

  14. I don’t have a horse but I know all animals need grooming, exercise, food and love. If I has a horse, I’d keep it conditioned and fit with these things.

  15. Love on them.

  16. daily exercise and brushing

  17. Provide healthy food and proper grooming!!

  18. I do varied training exercises with slight increases of difficulty, and build up her stamina for mountain rides.

  19. Access to plenty of food and water. Do a visual check for scrapes, cuts, bruises, and puncture wounds on your horse’s legs, head, and body. Do a visual check for signs of illness such as runny eyes or noses, or sounds of coughing or wheezing. Check fences and other structures in your horse’s home for damage that could cause problems. Provide your horse with adequate fodder and concentrates. Shelter and blanketing according to the weather. Horse first aid kit on hand.
    Muck out the stall if your horse is stabled because ammonia from urine and manure is harmful to horses’ lungs and hooves and can cause problems like thrush.

  20. Horses are fantastic athletes. Great article with a fantastic reminder to build them up to performance level.

  21. Provide pasture to graze and move around. Plenty of clean water and free choice hay.

  22. I do a varied routine each day. One day may be lunging, the next day riding in the ring, off, then trail riding, and driving. Always doing something to keep their mind thinking and their body moving.

  23. The care of a great vet!

  24. Hills are great for conditioning. Keep fresh water and a good salt block available, and a nice soft bed so they can rest when needed.

  25. Turn out ,riding on trails, not too much pasture.

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