Supplementing the Competing Horse’s Diet this Winter

Are you competing in Show Jumping, Dressage or Driving this winter season? Your hard-working competition horse requires a balanced diet, which alongside providing the fuel to perform, is essential to health and well-being. A good diet blended with the combination of sufficient and correct exercise and training - should be the winning recipe for success!

Every equine diet should offer ample forage from grass and hay alongside a high quality and balanced concentrate feed and supplements. Fibre, starch and fat should form the main basis of a competition horse’s diet but competing horses require high energy and stamina and many people at this time of year struggle to keep sufficient weight on their equines while still maintaining an even temperament and not too much fizz! Competing and travelling to competitions and training sessions often requires sustained energy levels for longer periods of time and so feeding slow release energy forms such as fibre and oil will provide energy but limit excitable behaviour. However on the flip side if your horse is lacking in energy this season increasing the starch level in their diet should help boost their energy levels and condition!

Competition horses and ponies of all disciplines also require a broad spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals play a multitude of roles within the body including supporting the immune system, bone and teeth structure, benefiting eyesight and assisting nerve and muscle functioning.Supplementing the diet with Pure Distilled MSM helps to maintain good health and peak fitness- ideal for the competing horse.

MSM  which stands for Methylsulphonylmethane, is an organic form of bio available sulphur which is naturally present in the cells of all plants and animals. It is often deficient in the diet of horses as it is easily destroyed by hay making and feed production processes.

MSM is a constituent of vitamins, co-enzymes and antioxidants which are essential for good health and peak fitness.Extensive research shows that using MSM in your equine diet is extremely beneficial offering benefits such as; soothing muscles, encouraging circulation and maintaining and supporting cartilage and joint flexibility. It also boosts the immune system, lung function, cell health and in turn therefore optimises recovery time post exercise.

Wishing you all a successful season with your hard-working horses! And remember we are here to help…For more information on our horse supplement range or to receive one-to-one advice specific to your dog and dog joint supplement contact our nutritional specialists on FREEPHONE 0800 032 7774 or Tel: 01377 254900 or visit our website www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk.

 

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