We ask a lot of our animals, and we owe it to them to do whatever we can to support their activities. One area that we may take for granted is their Stamina. Equine energy depends on diet and training; sometimes, more than the best is needed. This is especially true with our Performance Horse.
Horse energy supplements, including improved athletic fitness and stamina, stronger hooves, healthier coat and skin, and better joint health, can benefit horses.
Here are some of the positive effects of good horse energy supplements:
- Improved energy metabolism: Hard-working and stressed horses need extra B vitamins for energy metabolism, production of red blood cells, and maintenance of appetite. B vitamins of interest to horse owners include thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, folic acid, and vitamin B12.
- Increased calorie supply: Adding fats and oils to a horse's diet is a great way to increase calorie supply without relying on grains and high-NSC feeds. Oils such as canola, soybean, flax, or camelina oil are popular options for horses. All oils and pure fats provide the same caloric energy per gram. However, not all oils are equal in terms of how they influence processes in the body.
- Improved exercise endurance: Omega-3 fatty acid supplement benefits for horses include joint health, coat quality, mood balance, and reduced inflammation. EPA and DHA also support healthy joints and minimize stress responses related to transport. Supplementing with omega-3s is especially recommended for heavily worked horses or those in competition.
- Better joint health: Supplements containing chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, and hyaluronic acid can help maintain joint health and mobility in horses. These supplements can also help reduce inflammation and pain associated with joint problems.
- Stronger hooves: Supplements that contain methionine, biotin, zinc, and other nutrients that support hoof health can help horses with shelly hooves. These supplements can also help improve the quality of the hoof horn.
- Healthier coat and skin: Supplements that contain antioxidants, such as vitamin E, can help minimize damage to the skin and coat following exercise. These supplements can also help increase the production of keratin and collagen, leading to healthier skin and coat.
- Lower stress and higher resistance to potentially stressful situations: Some supplements contain nutrients that calm the nervous system, leading to lower stress levels and higher resistance to potentially stressful situations.
When choosing a horse energy supplement, it is essential to consider the horse's specific needs. Some supplements are formulated to give an instant, one-off energy boost, while others are designed to provide a daily boost. Other performance supplements don't specifically target energy production; they provide nutritional support for horses with increased energy requirements. It is also vital to ensure that the supplement does not contain any prohibited substances if the horse is used for competition.
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