It’s well-known that equine athletes require special diets to sustain their body’s energy demands during training and competition. They also require extra nutrients to support their muscle health before, during and after vigorous exercise. Most commercial horse feeds do not have ingredients that focus on relieving lactic acid build-up and muscle soreness. You can speed up your performance horse’s recovery time by feeding a high-quality muscle supplement.
What Is Lactic Acid?
If you’ve ever been a runner or played high-intensity sports, then you’ve experienced Lactic Acidosis. This is a build-up of lactate (lactic acid) that causes muscles to feel tired, sore and achy. It’s the same for horses. When you work your horse, their body uses oxygen to break down glucose for energy. During intense training or competition, there may not be enough oxygen to facilitate this process and lactate is created. This metabolic byproduct can then build up in the bloodstream faster than your horse can burn it off resulting in uncomfortable muscle burning and tying-up.
Preventing Muscle Soreness Due to Lactic Acid
Accumulation of lactic acid is common in horses that race, jump, event or otherwise perform demanding work. The following are ways to prevent lactic acidosis in horses:
Begin exercise routines gradually
Offer plenty of fresh water
Allow recovery time between workouts
Provide a healthy fat source for energy
Replenish electrolytes lost from sweating
Feed an antioxidant supplement to support healthy muscle performance
Supplemental Nutrients That Support Muscle Health and Recovery
A blend of antioxidants and herbs can help alleviate muscle soreness and stiffness as well as aid horses prone to tying up. Inflammation and muscle pain can be improved with the following ingredients:
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)
Magnolia Berry (Schisandra Chinensis)
Are Equine Muscle Recovery Supplements Only for Performance Horses?
Not, not at all. They are for any equine that requires support to maintain their muscle health such as the following:
Older, senior horses
Youngsters beginning their career
Horses with limit grazing access
Performance, show and competition equines
Horses with metabolic or musculoskeletal disorders
Best Supplement for Horse’s Muscles
Equine athletes need special care and consideration to keep them healthy and in top shape. Prevention is always better than treatment. Feed TWYDIL® M to elevate lactic acid buildup and maintain the elasticity of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Our unique musculoskeletal supplement can aid achy legs, sore toplines and relieve joint stiffness. It also prevents soft tissue inflammation and oxidative stress while speeding up recovery time. Our all-natural formula is drug-free as all TWYDIL® products observe international anti-doping rules.
As with any condition, it is advised that you seek proper diagnosis and treatment from a licensed veterinarian. From there, he or she can recommend proper dietary changes and equine management practices to relieve muscle pain and reduce the tying up episodes.