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Amino Acids – essential for your horse’s health

amino acids - essential for your horse’s healthThe horse’s body is made up of more than 100,000 different proteins. There are proteins present in muscle, tendons, organs, glands, blood, hair and hooves. Proteins are also present in enzymes, antibodies, hormones and other aspects of the horse’s metabolic system so are therefore essential for proper body functioning.

Proteins are made up of smaller chemical units or “building blocks” called amino acids. Once the protein is eaten by the horse, it is broken down into amino acids. The amino acids then travel to the parts of the body where they are needed and reassembled into new proteins.

Amino acids are classified as either essential or non-essential. Non-essential amino acids can be manufactured by the body when needed. Essential amino acids cannot be made by the horse and must be obtained from the diet or synthesized by microorganisms in the horse’s intestine. If horses don’t get enough essential amino acids then they are unable to utilize their feed efficiently, growth rates slow down and muscle development becomes limited.

When horses are in work, muscles are constantly damaged and must be replaced as quickly as possible. This means that horses in training have a higher requirement for protein (and therefore amino acids) than other horses. Pregnant or lactating mares and growing horses also require increased amounts of protein in their diets.

Feramo® Every Horse contains six of the 10 essential amino acids that are most commonly lacking in a horse’s diet. Below are some examples of the important actions of these essential amino acids:

  • Isoleucine and Leucine are important for protein synthesis, muscle repair, blood sugar regulation and energy production.
  • Methionine is an antioxidant and also a source of sulphur which is necessary for healthy hair, skin and hooves. Methionine is used to make carnitine, a protein essential for muscle building and energy production.
  • Lysine improves appetite, helps in the absorption of calcium, promotes growth in young horses and helps form collagen which is required for cartilage and connective tissue production.
  • Phenylalanine is used in the production of hormones which transmit chemical signals in the brain.
  • Valine is needed for muscle metabolism and coordination, tissue repair and as an energy source. It helps muscles remain strong during intensive exercise.

As well as these six amino acids, Feramo® Every Horse is optimally balanced for performance with 10 essential vitamins, seven essential minerals and biotin. By adding Feramo® Every Horse to your horse’s diet, you will ensure your horse can achieve optimum health and vitality.

 

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