Managing weight, considering energy requirements and building muscle mass can be challenging in the rehab process.
In Mr P’s case we are aiming to ensure that he doesn’t put on too much weight so not to place excess load on the tendon, and keep his energy intake low so that he remains sensible in the paddock and in his work. His work has consisted largely of in hand work at walk, with only recently the introduction of short bursts of trot. We’ve been (not so!) patiently awaiting a new saddle for him, so we can start some work under saddle.
Because of all of this Mr P has dropped muscle through his back and hindquarters, and while it will start to come back again as we increase the intensity of his work as his rehab program allows, we wanted to try and add a little extra boost into his diet.
It’s well known that protein is important for muscle development. It’s important that it’s not just any old protein, but one that has an array of essential amino acids. We’ve recently started Mr P on Prydes Easifeed ProteinPak, feeding it after his training sessions to hopefully help boost the muscle building process.
ProteinPak is extruded full fat soybean and is high-quality quality protein and omega fatty acids.
We look forward to seeing how he goes! It clearly tastes good as he licks the feed bucket every time!
Disclaimer - Mr P was sponsored his EasiKeeper pellets, but not this ProteinPak. We’re trying it as we’ve seen the positive effects on other horses previously.
Learn more about Prydes and ProteinPak here - https://www.prydes.com.au/proteinpak