Essential Amino Acids



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Essential amino acids for horses are crucial in maintaining horse muscles and health where a horse is in exercise or being fed a horse forage, such as hay, haylage or straw which is low in protein.

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Amino acids are complex chemicals that are the building blocks of protein, which in turn are required for the creation of new tissue, and the repair of existing cells. An Essential Amino Acid cannot be synthesised or created by the body, and must come from the diet. Whilst an ad-lib forage diet is enough to supply most horses with all the amino acids that they require, sometimes forage is low in crude protein and certain essential amino acids.  A complicated relationship exists between available nitrogen and sulphur levels meaning that sometimes although crude protein might look adequate some amino acids are not formed correctly and are therefore unavailable to the horse.

Essential Amino Acids for horses (EAA’s) are required in order to build new tissue and help with cellular repair which takes place when muscles are recovering. Getting the right amount within a diet helps equine athletes to improve their physique and also recover quicker from exercise. The main essential amino acids required by the body are L Leucine, L Isoleucine, L Valine, L Lysine, L Phenylalanine, L Threonine, L Histidine, L Methionine, L Tryptophan.

Horses require all the different essential amino acids as part of their diet for a number of reasons including cellular repair, but they are also required in order to get the most out of protein rich foods. If a horse does not get enough essential amino acids in the diet, the body will not extract the maximum nutrients from protein sources, and the calories in the protein will be stored as fat. The requirement for a balanced number of amino acids in the diet is known as ‘limiting protein utilisation’.

When would you use Forageplus Essential Amino Acids for Horses?

  • When you do not want to supplement additional protein using Whey protein.
  • Any horse involved in heavy training may require this supplement to ensure enough of the various essential amino acids are consumed to meet the body’s needs.  You could however use targeted BCAA supplementation after work and Whey Protein Isolate.
  • Horses which are on restricted feed to control weight may need extra supplementation with targeted amino acids.
  • Horses which continue to have poor frog health and or poor hoof wall health and connection even though minerals are adequately balanced.
  • Horses which are having problems developing top line.  You could however use Whey Protein to good effect in this situation.
  • When forage shows a poor nitrogen to sulphur ratio, in order to ascertain this you would need to have carried out both a nutritional analysis to determine levels of crude protein and a mineral analysis to determine levels of sulphur in your forage.  Where forage has been fertilised with nitrogen fertilisers it is common to find an incorrect ratio of Nitrogen to Sulphur impacting on amino acid availability.

Understand why correct protein and amino acid levels are crucial for horse health

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Weight N/A
Dimensions 26 × 20 × 6 cm


Essential Amino Acid Powder Blend

Amino Acid Profile Per 30g:
L Leucine 10000mg
L Isoleucine 1780mg
L Valine 4400mg
L Lysine 4400mg
L Phenylalanine 3600mg
L Threonine 3000mg
L Histidine 14200mg
L Methionine 1000mg
L Tryptophan 400mg

Feed Rate

Feeding rate for an average 500 kg Horse : 25-100 grams per day.

1 x 50ml scoop = approx 25 grams

If feeding for an average 500kg horse at the lower rate (25 grams) this product should last you 40 days.

If feeding for an average 500kg horse at the higher rate (100 grams) this product should last you 10 days.

This is only a guide and if you are unsure about what rate to feed your horse then please contact us for feed rate advice. We are always happy to help.

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