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The three R's of Re-Covery

Re-Covery Mash by Lizzie Drury MSC RNUTR - Registered nutritionist

1. RE-COVER

When horses exercise, their body temperature increases and like humans, horses rely on sweating to remove excess heat from the body. Sweat consists of water and electrolytes, and the biggest electrolyte losses come from sodium and chloride. The combination of water and electrolyte loss will lead to dehydration and this can have a significant impact on performance. Loss of water and electrolytes causes fatigue and muscle weakness, and by the time signs of dehydration are apparent, the horses may have lost up to 5% of its body water. RE-COVERY Mash can be used as part of an electrolyte replacement programme for horses that are training, competing and travelling. To ensure optimal hydration and electrolytes stores, RE-COVERY Mash can be fed up to 1 hour prior to exercise and is great for feeding at a competition when horses may have travelled for a long time or if the weather is particularly warm.

RE-COVERY Mash is also intended to be fed post competition and intensive exercise. Feeding RE-COVERY Mash after work helps to aid cell and tissue renewal, muscle development and repair and immune response. The quality protein sources in RE-COVERY Mash come from alfalfa and linseed which provide essential amino acids, LYSINE, METHIONINE and THREONINE. Linseed is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in reducing inflammation and can also aid the immune response.


2. RE-PLENISH

The horses body uses energy from nutrients that are provided by the diet to aid in muscle contraction as well as digestion, absorption, storage of nutrients and synthesis of protein structures and energy is needed on a continual basis for normal body function. Carbohydrate and fat are the horse’s main energy sources for physical activity, and the storage form of carbohydrate is glycogen. Glycogen is stored in the liver and muscles. Muscle glycogen is reserved as an energy source for working muscles. Muscle glygogen stores need to be full before horses compete or train hard and after working hard the horse needs to replenish these glycogen reserves. Starch is required in the diet for glycogen replenishment and BARLEY, is included within the RE-COVERY Mash formulation. After hard exercise, glycogen replenishment happens slowly in the horse, and up to 72 hours post exercise may be required for full muscle glycogen replenishment to occur. When fed alongside the horses normal feeding regime, RE-COVERY Mash can help support optimal RE-PLENISHMENT of muscle glycogen, ensuring the glycogen stores remain at an appropriate level throughout training and competition.


3. RE-HYDRATE

Ensuring adequate fibre intake is important to combat the effects of dehydration. Digestible fibres, such as alfalfa, sugar beet and soya hulls (classed as “Super-Fibre” sources) help to increase water intake to aid in maintaining optimum hydration and thirst response, during periods of travel, warm weather, heavy training and sweating. When fed alongside the horse’s normal long stem fibre ration (hay/ haylage/ grass) “Super-Fibres” in the hindgut trap water and electrolytes and act as a reservoir, which can be called upon during exercise to help reduce the onset of dehydration. The inclusion of digestible fibre sources within RE-COVERY Mash help to 'top up' the performance horse’s fibre intake in a palatable form. This can help to reduce the risk of colic, weight loss and inappetence. RE-COVERY Mash has a fibre content of 19% and is made up from quick soaking fibre sources which help to increase the horses water intake.

RE-COVERY Mash is designed to be soaked at 2 parts water: 1-part feed, however RE-COVERY Mash can be fed as wet as required to ensure that optimal water intake is achieved. The inclusion of SODIUM and other ELECTROLYTES within the RE-COVERY Mash will also help to stimulate the horses natural thirst response, leading to increased water intake. RE-COVERY Mash can be fed to any horse who is at risk of dehydration whether that is through work, competition or sickness.

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