Get ready for the competition calendar: Our 6 top products to power your performance
The arrival of Spring is an exciting time for the equestrian community, not only do the early risers have the benefit of seeing their horses when they muck out at the crack of dawn, but the competition calendar is about to begin! This often brings about excitement and a buzz on yards as calendars start to populate with upcoming events.
As with anything, knowing where or how to start planning events can be the hardest part. Whether you are a competition newbie or a seasoned athlete, bouncing back with a bang after a long and dreary winter can be hard. Most likely both you and your horse have pulled back the intensity of exercise during the cold and darker months. That’s why we are here to advise you with some ways to make the transition into more intensive work smoother and pain free, helping your horse to feel and perform at their best.
Where to start?
Before you even begin your training schedule, there are some really important checks you must do to ensure your horse is ready to take on more work in preparation for competition.
You wouldn’t drive a car without checking it had, at the very least: a full MOT, four wheels/tyres and functioning brakes.
So…. when it comes to your horse you should always check: that they are up to date with their vaccines and wormers, their feet/shoes are in good condition and their teeth are not sharp or causing any pain.
Therefore, this Spring it is well worth booking a dental check-up and an appointment with the farrier. Our team are also fully qualified to give impartial worming advice and can put together a free worming program that is fully tailored to your horse – just call the number on our website for this free service or email email@example.com. Our team are always happy to help.
The key to success is to prepare. And when it comes to horses, fine tuning nutrition can have a huge overall impact on performance, recovery, and comfort.
There is so much you can do by adding supplements to your horse’s diet, from building the reserves of joint support, increasing antioxidants to supporting haemoglobin requirements with Iron and B vitamins - but all the same, for the best results in the competitions ahead, this prep should start now.
Starting a nutritional plan is just as essential as the physical preparations for competition. It is important to bear in mind that you will not see results over night, whether this is in physical training or using supplements, but rather laying strong foundations now will give your horse the best longevity and resilience throughout the year.
Each and every horse will have different nutritional requirements to support their individual needs. Below we have outlined some of our best supplements to support horses coming back into competitive, even just slightly more intensive, work this Spring.
Our 6 best products to kickstart your competition calendar
KURASYN 360X – Joint Supplement
KURASYN – PB – Additional Joint support
We recommend using a good quality joint supplement for all sports horses no matter what the discipline. We recommend:
KURASYN 360X for every-day use
KURASYN PB to add-on to your daily use of KURASYN 360X and boost the benefits of supplementation during times of rehabilitation, competition additional training or stress.
To discover everything you need to know on Kurasyn PB, click here.
IRONXCELL – Blood Tonic for Energy
B12- Almost every cell in the body uses B12. Not only does it help form red blood cells, B12 converts fat and protein to energy, and a B12 deficiency causes tiredness. If a lack of energy is a problem, it is firmly established within both human and equine medicine that reaching for a dose of B12 can give the ‘pick me up’ that is required. Vitamin B12, along with B6, are best for energy.
IronXcell ensures sufficient Iron and B complex vitamins, for the optimal delivery of energy from cellular respiration. This blood tonic contains the optimal level of Iron for daily supplementation in the hard-working performance horse.
To dive deeper into the science behind why vitamins are so vital to performance, click here.
HOOFMAKER – Hoof Supplement - “No hoof, No horse”
NEW PRODUCT: FLAMEZZE-EQ – Muscle & Tendon Relief
This ointment leaves a very pleasant aroma, relieving the stress caused by rigorous and painful exercises. It can be applied before and after exercise – ideal for regular massage on muscles, tendons and joints. It is a non-staining, easy to spread and a quick drying formula with a mild cooling sensation.
Maxi-TOP Equine – Boost Muscle and Topline
Competition Preparation Summary – How do I get my horse ready for competition?
We hope this helps you choose the perfect product for your horse that will power your performance to achieve your success. Like everything with horses, they must be given time to maximise their potential and good foundations set early on in the calendar will reap great benefits in the competitions to come.
Farm & Stable Supplies have a wide range of products to assist your horse in both preparation for, and during competition – and we are here to advise you over the phone or web chat to make sure you build the right combination of nutrition to get the best out of your horse. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – we work with all levels of sports horse breeders and owners and one call with our team, may just give you a little tip or trick that will give you the competitive edge. You can also message us on any of our social media channels that are lined bellow.
Whichever products you choose, we wish you and your horse the best of luck with the competitive season ahead! We look forward to sharing in your success – and don’t forget to tag us in photos of your horse with our products on social media.