by Briony Witherow April 19, 2022 3 min read
With the Grand National over the weekend, a focus on recovery for this month’s blog seemed apt!
Feeding for optimum performance naturally encompasses recovery, in fact, a good feeding regime leading up to events proactively sets a horse up for a speedy and full recovery.
Key factors to consider in recovery are water, electrolyte replenishment and restoring muscle and liver energy stores (glycogen). While these elements will be naturally restored with rest and a standard diet over time, where the performance horse is concerned faster recovery is essential.
Maintaining hydration: The Facts
Electrolytes: what, when and how?
A range of options are available to provide additional support for muscle recovery (Premier E, Optima BCAA, Ly Pic +) and energy store replenishment (DMG600, Ly Pic +, Equine Energiser, Restore-Lyte). The best fit supplement is often specific to the discipline, current ration and individual horse.
Muscle recovery: As workload increases, so does production of free radicals (unstable molecules that can damage cells). Additional antioxidants (such as vitamin E or selenium) can essentially ‘mop up’ free radicals, reduce the risk of damage and promote muscle recovery. Additional supplementation of antioxidants (e.g. Premier E) would be particularly recommended where a horse has limited access to fresh forage (grass). Alternatively, Ly-Pic combines the job of antioxidant, energy, and recovery booster for those requiring a more holistic approach.
Energy store replenishment: For those with heavy training and competition schedules, or for those re-fuelling on the go (such as vet gates, between classes or phases) a combination electrolyte and energy product can be used such as Restore-Lyte, or for slower-release energy (well-suited for endurance and other disciplines requiring stamina) Equine Energiser can be used.
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