NUTRITION: Legging Up



Show season is here! With it begins the process of legging up our equine athletes! Over the slow winter months horses can lose muscle strength, tone, and experience tightening of tendons and decrease in blood flow. It is a challenging time and takes much more energy to get in shape, than stay in shape. As you focus on conditioning, don’t lose sight of the nutrition required by your horse.

The proper blend of quality ingredients should balance both the diet and the amino acid profile of the horse. This aids in various processes, including building and repairing muscle, hoof health, regulating immune function, and nutrient absorption. A ration that slows hind gut digestion allows roughage (hay or pasture) to be fully processed and much needed calorie extraction boosted!


As you look at your nutrition program, pay special attention to the feed bag ingredient label. The first three to four ingredients listed typically account for sixty to eighty percent, or more, of the total ration. Look for high-quality sources of carbohydrates, proteins, oils/fats, vitamins, and minerals. Organic ingredients like alfalfa meal, flax seed, coconut, stabilized rice bran, peas, and sesame, to name a few; provide excellent all-around nutrition.

For example, alfalfa meal has highly digestible fiber, higher calories compared to grass hay, and a good source of calcium. Whole flax seed, high in omega-3 fatty acids, enhances overall animal health and reduces inflammation. Coconut, which is low in non-structural carbohydrates, provides cool energy and high-quality protein. All of these are critical for legging up your athletes!


Pink Rose Organix Equine Boost & Balance is a USDA Certified Organic feed for an optimized digestive system and healthy hind gut. A delicious, prescriptive blend of organic proteins, oils, and fiber that works with your pasture or hay to boost digestive efficiency and balance the diet. Boost & Balance focuses on hind gut function; driving animal health, attitude, and positive, cool energy!