Nutrition is an essential part of race preparation and recovery for a racehorse. The intensive modern training programmes of racehorses require a diet that provides all the key nutrients to combat stress and to maximise the horse’s athletic potential.
In order to ensure a horse is in good general health, especially when nutrient requirements increase during training, it is important to have an adequate, balanced supply of all the essential vitamins and minerals, which are specifically important to equine dietary requirements.
Irish equine nutrition leaders Plusvital have more experience than most in helping racehorses achieve their optimal performance levels, formulating scientifically-based supplements for the Irish Racing industry since 1975 and now supplying over 30 countries worldwide.
The team at Plusvital have outlined five key supplements below from their scientifically-based range of supplements to support the health and performance of a racehorse.
The original Plusvital product, Plusvital Racing Syrup was first introduced in 1975 and contains over 30 key vitamins, minerals, trace elements and amino acids that play a vital role in equine nutrition.
A palatable molasses-based multivitamin balancer supplement, Racing Syrup also includes:
– Vitamin E to reduce oxidative stress
– Selenium to neutralise free radicals and support the immune system
– Branched Chain Amino Acids and Threonine to support muscle recovery
– Zinc and Biotin to support the growth of healthy hooves and coat
Plusvital Racing Syrup is specifically formulated with the intention of taking the guesswork out of balancing the daily feed ration of a racehorse. Plusvital Racing Syrup is also available in a soy-based blend of 34 active ingredients in pelleted form.[vc_single_image image=”19596″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://www.plusvital.com/product/racing-syrup/”][vc_single_image image=”19603″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://www.plusvital.com/product/iron-syrup/”]
Stress and illness can increase the demand for iron in a racehorse’s diet, leading to deficiency and fatigue. Iron, combined with B Vitamins, Vitamin K and Copper, aids in the formation of red blood cells. Red blood cells carry haemoglobin which transports oxygen around the body and is necessary for a healthy circulatory and respiratory system and, therefore, for the health and stamina of a racehorse.
Plusvital Iron Syrup is a concentrated Iron-enriched molasses syrup with added B Vitamins, Vitamin K and Copper that is carefully formulated to promote red blood cell production and for extra support during training and convalescence.
This easily absorbed supplement also includes Zinc to support the immune system and to promote faster healing times.
Plusvital Electrolyte Plus is a low-sugar, apple-flavoured preparation that combines increased levels of electrolyte salts with antioxidants to aid recovery after exercise.
The supplement which is easily dissolved in water or can be added directly the horse’s feed is designed to replace essential salts that can be lost through high-intensity activity. The loss of these salts through sweating can lead to reduced performance and delayed recovery as they are vital for many functions within the body, including muscle contraction, the nervous system and maintenance of the correct fluid balance.
Plusvital Electrolyte Plus contains these salts in an appropriate balance while also providing antioxidant ingredients, such as Vitamin C and Magnesium, to support recovery. This reduces the glycaemic impact placed on the horse, with less than 6% glucose.[vc_single_image image=”19604″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://www.plusvital.com/product/electrolyte-plus/”][vc_single_image image=”21137″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://www.plusvital.com/product/neutragast/”]
A firm favourite among Plusvital customers worldwide, Plusvital Hoofcare is designed for the daily protection of the horse’s hooves. The antiseptic properties help to protect the hoof against disease while the oils and resins form a barrier to lock moisture in.
The horse’s hoof is a complex structure and it needs to be cared for so that it does not lose moisture and become vulnerable. As the hoof wall is approximately 25% water, undue evaporation from the horn can result in brittleness and lead to cracks and weaknesses.
Plusvital Hoofcare is very versatile and can be used for both dry and wet conditions.
Plusvital EnerGene-Q10 has been scientifically formulated to contain a highly bioavailable form of mitochondrial Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10), to support more efficient energy production within a horse’s muscles.
In a published scientific study it was found that using Plusvital EnerGene-Q10 results in increased levels of CoQ10 in muscle cells, which is particularly important for horses requiring increased aerobic energy production. Benefits from an increase in CoQ10 is more efficient energy production and delayed onset of fatigue. Plusvital EnerGene-Q10 also contains antioxidant properties enhancing recovery following intense exercise.[vc_single_image image=”19609″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://www.plusvital.com/product/energene-q10/”]Plusvital supplements are developed in collaboration with leading equine nutritionists, scientists and anti-doping experts in Europe and USA and are carefully formulated to ensure that each horse has the appropriate nutritional balance in their diet to maintain a high level of performance. Products are manufactured in Ireland to exacting EU feed hygiene standards and comply with international anti-doping rules.
Learn more about Plusvital’s scientifically-based range of supplements here.