Properly nourished muscles perform better and recover faster.

Provide the nutrients that support healthy muscle activity

What your horse eats affects how his/her muscles meet the demands of training and competition. Years of research have shown that including certain feedstuffs like fresh green grass, high-fat supplements, and antioxidants in the diets of active horses supports healthy muscles.

Burning fat for fuel lowers lactic acid levels

As muscles work they burn fuel and produce lactic acid. When too much lactic acid builds up, muscles become fatigued and sore. Fat, when used as an energy source (as compared to starches and protein), contributes to a decrease in lactic acid buildup in the muscle. Horses conditioned to use fat as energy have more stamina and recover faster after exercise.

Antioxidants support strong cell membranes

Antioxidants like natural vitamin E, vitamin C, and selenium also play an active role in muscle function. The harder muscles work, the more oxidative stress they are exposed to. Antioxidants scavenge the free radicals that cause oxidative stress and help reduce damage. It is easy for the horse’s system to become overwhelmed if antioxidant levels are inadequate. Supplementing with antioxidants ensures that your horse has the antioxidant reserves it needs to perform at an optimal level. Muscle disorders such as tying-up, also known as recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER), equine polysaccharide storage myopathy (EPSM), equine motor neuron disease (EMND), and those related to metabolic syndrome can be managed with careful feeding and exercise regimens. For more information on supplements that support special-needs horses, click here.

Horses and ponies that benefit from supplements that maintain muscle health:

Choose the best supplement to support healthy muscles, slow the onset of fatigue, and aid in muscle recovery after intense exercise:

Elevate W.S.

Fast-acting, water-soluble, natural vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant when you need to raise blood tocopherol (vitamin E) levels quickly, or when high dose administration is required.

Elevate Maintenance Powder

Affordable, easy way to provide essential natural vitamin E, when longer-term vitamin E supplementation is needed. Also allows for high dose administration (above 2,000 IU/day) of vitamin E.

Elevate Se

All-natural combination of antioxidant support containing natural vitamin E and organic selenium. Provides 1,500 IU vitamin E and 1 mg selenium per serving. Choose when additional Se is required and maintenance dose of vitamin E is adequate.

Myo-Guard

A blend of three powerful antioxidants: natural vitamin E, vitamin C, and selenium. Provides essential antioxidants at a daily maintenance level to support healthy muscle function.

Equi-Jewel

High-fat, heat-stabilized rice bran; excellent source of safe calories that support proper muscle function.

EndurExtra

A concentrated source of calories from fat with additional antioxidants and digestive aids

 

When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of action for your horse. Supplements are intended to maintain healthy systems and support recovery and healing. They are not intended to treat or cure illness or injury.

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