Your horse is an athlete: rest is the key to success Throughout the year it is important for athletes to take a break and recuperate. After a top performance or competition season, they need to slow down, rest and rebalance their body. This much-needed recovery period is also essential for your horse, as competition-free weekends can be counted on the fingers of one hand nowadays. This is a dangerous evolution, especially when you only have one or two horses. It is almost impossible to keep them in top condition all year long, because continuously “pushing” a horse often results in fatigue and poor performance. By introducing a period of rest every now and then, you give the horse a chance to regain its full strength and perform at his best again afterwards. In fact, frequent recovery periods will allow the horse to perform at a top level more continuously in the long run. To get maximal results from a recovery period, a reinforcing detox treatment, including the right feed and suitable supplements, will allow your horse’s whole body to recuperate and regain strength.
You can’t burn the candle at both ends
Your own vacation time is the perfect moment to let your horse take a breather and let its body detox, so it can mentally and physically recuperate. Physically, that means muscles, tendons, joints and… the entire internal system, because also its digestive system, liver and kidneys have a lot to process (i.e. concentrates and supplements) and break down all year round (e.g. medications and the body’s own waste products).
Detoxing: processing waste products
Especially during the competition season, your horse has a lot to process. During heavy workouts and performance, the body produces a lot of waste products. By supporting the liver and kidneys you can help this breakdown process and allow your horse to better metabolize these compounds. With a detox treatment, you will cleanse the organs that are the driving force behind this whole process and you stimulate their function. This way, your horse recovers from a long competition season and you prepare it for the upcoming season.
Keep your horse moving during detoxing
Does your horse need to remain in a stall during detoxing? Not at all. It is essential for horses to move around. During the detox period especially, it is important to let your horse be a horse as much as possible. You will have to find out which type of exercise makes your horse feel good.
It is important for every horse to be out on pasture a couple hours every day. In addition to that, the daily routine will differ for each horse. One horse might relax most by doing some easy groundwork, without going overboard. Another will benefit most from a trail ride in the woods or on the beach. During the recovery period, avoid competing or transporting it for at least af few weeks. Towards the end of the detox period you can then slowly ease into more intensive training again and participate in a few competitions. However, it is important that the detox period lasts at least about 6 weeks.
Healthy detoxing with the power of fiber
Next to relaxation, a natural diet plays an important role in a horse’s life. There is nothing more enjoyable to your horse than nibbling on fibrous feeds all day long. This is a need that does not subside when your steed takes a little break. On the contrary, by offering a mainly fibrous diet you will see even better results from the detox and recovery period. After all, the digestive system of a horse has a lot to process during the competition season, such as large quantities of feedstuffs high in sugar and starch and supplements.
Moreover, frequent transport and longer periods without forage in combination with stress often cause an imbalance of the delicate intestinal flora leading to reduced gut function. A poorly functioning intestinal tract can cause several health issues including colic, ulcers, loose feces and weight loss. But there are even more subtle symptoms that can be a consequence of a poorly functioning digestive system and its associated organs, including the liver and kidneys, such as a dull coat, poor overall condition and reduced performance. The horse’s intestinal tract plays an important role in the immune system; therefore, poor gut function will make horses more susceptible to disease and injuries.
The digestive tract of the horse is developed to process mainly roughage, so a fibrous diet is essential to allow the intestines to rest and recover for a while in preparation for the next competition season. Therefore, is it best to switch to an appropriate diet of hay and high-fiber concentrate, such as Cavalor FiberForce, for approximately 6 weeks. This will keep the energy levels low, provide extra digestible fats and fiber, while limiting sugar and starch intake. You should give your horse everything it needs and nothing that is hard to process. Cavalor FiberForce ensures that the digestive tract is rebalanced and ready for the next competition season.
Supplements for an extra detox boost
Forage digestion happens in the large intestine with the help of microorganisms. To promote the function of these important microorganisms, thereby supporting digestion, you can add pre-and probiotics, such as Cavalor Vitaflora, to the diet. Pre- and probiotics will improve and maintain a healthy balance of the intestinal flora, allowing the large intestine to function optimally.
The liver is our own internal detox organ. It is responsible for processing several nutrients, waste products and also toxic compounds. Although the liver plays a key role in overall health and performance, support for this important organ is often overlooked. Rest and recovery of the liver is therefore essential for a complete “reset” of the entire body and will significantly improve the results of the detox period. To give the liver a break, it is best not to give any unnecessary supplements and medication during the recovery period. Additionally, herbs, such as those found in Cavalor Hepato Liq, will promote liver function, allowing it to operate at full capacity by the next competition season.
How does a detox treatment work with our Cavalor products?
Always provide your horses with at least 50L (about 13 gallons) of fresh water a day and 2% of its body weight in forage. For a period of 6 weeks, give 500 g (1lbs) of Cavalor Fiberforce per 100 kg (220 lbs) bodyweight, 20 g Cavalor Vitaflora and 10 ml Cavalor Hepato Liq every day. Give Cavalor Vitaflora, 2 kg bucket, every day until the bucket is empty. Also give Cavalor Hepato Liq, 250 ml container, until it is empty.
A fresh, strong start
You have given your horse a break and extra support with a detox and recovery period? Then, it will quickly be in top condition again and ready to tackle a new competition season and give the best of itself.