It’s a well-established fact that horses are living longer than they have at any point in history. While once only a few horses could expect to live to much older than twenty, now most horses are active and running around until well beyond that age.
While this is undoubtedly good news for horses, it does present them (and their owners) with a few problems. As a horse ages, their metabolism begins to decline, and they become less capable of digesting certain key nutrients. These might include protein and fibre, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. What this means is that older horses have slightly different dietary requirements to younger ones; the food that they eat should ideally be easy to digest, low in starch and packed with high-quality protein. Read more →
In this series of articles brought to you in conjunction with Equitop Myoplast we are going to take a look at understanding horse muscle and how you can assess topline and muscle condition (pt 1) and then in the second installment we will look at what exercises will help your horse build muscles and what nutrition is required to build muscles. Read more →
In the first part of this series of articles brought to you in conjunction with Equitop Myoplast we discussed ‘understanding horse muscle’ and ‘how you can assess topline and muscle condition’. In this second installment we will look at what exercises will help your horse build muscles and what nutrition is required to build muscles…
Exercise is crucial if you want to build muscle and ﬁtness. The aims of a muscle development programme are twofold: to increase muscle protein synthesis and therefore the size and strength of the muscles; and to inﬂuence the recruitment of different types of muscle ﬁbres, depending on the discipline in which your horse is competing. Read more →