Show jumpers are now expected to compete in more challenging classes, at a younger age. To be successful horses require optimum nutrition, particularly to ensure steady growth rates and muscular development.
This year’s FEI World Breeding Jumping Championship for young horses is well under way at Lanaken. We will see the best of five, six and seven year old international show jumping horses compete in age classes against each other. Ireland has a major representation this year, with 40 horses competing for 20 Irish Riders. This is a considerable undertaking for both the riders and horses. And to me, it is particularly remarkable to produce an international show jumper at such a young age.
Ireland was historically a place where horses were “given time” to mature, however time stands still for no man, nor horse as it happens. Show jumpers are now expected to compete in more challenging classes at a younger age. The journey of a young horse competing at international level is not accidental. It takes optimum growth, development and training at all stages from foal, through breaking and training. A large part of this relies on optimum nutrition, particularly to ensure steady growth rates and muscular development. When young horses are fed well, they do well!
What if you need something extra for a horse that’s behind his comrades for his growth stage? Foran Equine’s Muscle Max is a fantastic supplement, formulated to complement an existing diet, by providing the B vitamins, Vitamin E, Selenium and Lysine necessary for optimum muscle development. It is particularly useful for young horses starting in training, as it helps them cope with the increased feeding provided and direct this feed toward the muscular development needed during training. It also helps against injury and with muscle recovery, which can be significant set backs associated with increased work load.
Bringing sport horses from foal to international show jumping level, in six years or less, is a remarkable testament to the time and commitment their producers’ haven given. Making sure their nutritional needs are met, is just one of the keys to this success.