The lymphatic system and performance

Horses are athletes, and the ultimate goal is optimal athletic performance. There has already been much scientific study on performance, but there’s still much more to discover. New scientific discoveries are being made in equine health and exercise physiology, providing new insights in improving equine health and performance. The oft-overlooked lymphatic system When it comes […]

When conditioning horses, a good start is half the battle  

Your horse is an athlete, and athletes need to have good physical health and fitness to deliver top level performance. Horses that feel good will perform better, no matter what level you are at. In this article, learn what you need to know to improve your horse’s physical fitness.  A horse’s fitness level depends on […]

Science Sunday: proteins as building blocks for the equine body

Proteins are the building blocks for the equine body, something that you probably already know. But how does this process work, exactly? What are proteins, and why are they so important for muscle building and muscle recovery? In this Science Sunday, we take a closer look at the topic of proteins. Just what is a […]

The connection between sport and nutrition

Physical activity is important when it comes to optimum fitness. But good nutrition and rest are just as important. Without these, an athlete’s body can suffer from overwork. Sport and rest are inextricably linked. Did you know that you can optimise the effects of your training considerably with the right feed? Sport physiologist Wim van […]

The importance of balancers

Day in, day out, there are many different processes at work in the body. Red blood cells are being produced, cartilage is being transformed into bone tissue, new skin cells are being made, muscles are becoming stronger. The body therefore needs nutrients to help all these processes run smoothly. These are extracted from food and […]

Details make the difference

A minuscule difference – a few hundredths of a second – often means winning or losing in equestrian sport. The difference is in the details. As a top athlete, you are always striving for perfection. Both you and your horse, giving everything at the right moment. In this article, we delve deeper into the specific […]

A horse’s forage requirements

Forage forms the basis of a horse’s diet: it is the main source of fibre as well as a source of energy. But how much does your horse actually need? Is unlimited roughage all that a horse needs? And what about its nutritional value? In this article we discuss forage, and the concept of forage […]

Winter routines for (tomorrow’s) sport horses

No matter the season, horse owners are busy with their horse(s) year round. In this article, you will find various tips on winter routines for sport horses. We have divided these into: The eve of a sporting career Winter is a good time for young horses to start their training. They have had lots of […]

How to keep your horse in shape through the winter months?

The days are shorter, the temperatures lower, and the weather is grey and wet. It’s winter again! Be honest: do you adapt your horse’s care to the seasons? Your winter stable routine should be different from your summer routine. For example, your horse probably spends much less time turned out than he does in the […]

Science Sunday: the power of oxygen

Oxygen is indispensable for the (equine) body; it is essential for providing the cells of the body with energy. Without oxygen, powerful muscles count for nothing. Never underestimate the power of oxygen! Limiting factor While in humans, the heart is the greatest bottleneck, horses have a different restriction: their respiratory system’s physical limitations mean that […]