Forageplus Topline Plus is a high quality protein supplement for horses containing both potato and pea protein. It is suitable for anyone looking for a high quality, cost effective powder to improve muscle development and crude protein in the daily feed requirements. Suitable in a balanced diet for all types of horses, including those prone to laminitis.
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The amino acid profile is excellent. It is rich in ‘branched chain amino acids’ (leucine, isoleucine, valine) and the other essential amino acids crucial for the correct building blocks for muscle tone, body condition and muscle mass.
What is horse topline?
The term ‘topline’ is used to describe the muscles which run down the top of the horse’s neck, along the back and over the hindquarters. As true topline consists largely of muscle (as opposed to fat), the two essential ingredients are protein and an appropriate exercise regime.
Why Feed Horses Topline Plus?
Some forages are low in available protein and a range of amino acids due to a complicated interaction between nitrogen and sulphur levels in the soil. Many horses benefit from an increase in protein for muscle development.
Extra protein can help with poor topline but also lethargy problems and poor hoof and skin quality. Topline Plus enables you to target supplementation without including extra calories, and can supress over eating from good doer types. Your horse can therefore continue to enjoy ad-lib hay without the added calorie concerns that feeding more compound feed would entail.
Naturally contains 85.9% protein.
No added sugar
Provides 75 grams of protein per 100 grams of product
Which horses will benefit from the addition of Topline Plus?
- Horses which are on a reduced hay ration due to needing to lose weight.
- Horses with poor topline or body condition needing muscle building.
- Laminitis prone horses needing a very low sugar and starch protein source due to high sugar sensitivity.
- Older horses which are struggling to maintain top line and body condition score.
- Horses which have access to low protein levels in the forage they are eating, this can be determined from a nutritional and mineral analysis of hay or haylage.
- Horses on a purely winter grass diet when protein levels can be low and contribute to hoof and skin issues.
- Horses with poor hoof wall connection and or cracks. Barefoot horses in particular will benefit with stronger soles and white line connection.
- Horses on a heavy exercise program.
- Young horses on a forage based diet needing protein for optimum growth.
- Pregnant or lactating mares on a forage based diet who need high protein requirements.
Five reasons horse protein is vital
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Naturally contains around 83% protein.
No added sugar.
Provides approximately 80 grams of protein per 100 grams of product.
Total Fat 2.5 %
Total Carbohydrate 1%
Sugars 0 %
Typical amino acid profile
Essential Amino Acids
Non-Essential Amino Acids
Aspartic Acid 14.08%
Glutamic Acid 15.385%
Understand why correct protein levels are so important for horse health
How much Topline Plus should I feed?
For an average 500 kg horse feed up to 100 grams unless a forage analysis states differently.
A 75ml scoop contains approximately 40 grams.
If feeding 100 grams for an average 500kg horse this product should last you 25 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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Quality protein is essential for healthy muscles but so is exercise. Muscles require correct training (and periods of rest) in order to develop, stretch, repair, lay down new cells and ultimately grow. Feeding more protein is key but so is suitable exercise.
How do I assess horse weight and condition?
A horse can be in good condition with the correct weight but need to develop muscle. When you assess condition look at fat coverage, not muscle development. Regular assessment will help you to decide whether it is fat coverage or muscles that your horse is really lacking. You can tell the difference between fat and muscle because muscle feels firm whilst fat feels soft.
Older horses or unexercised horses are often mistaken for being thin when in actual fact there is a loss of muscle tone and mass.
Fat cannot be converted into muscle. The horse must embark upon nutrition which provides the correct diet for calories, minerals, vitamins and protein at the same time as an exercise programme to build muscle rather than fat. Selenium and vitamin E are particularly important for muscle health.
See our useful horse weight assessment PDF
Can I build horse muscle in a good doer prone to weight gain?
By separating calories from dedicated protein supplementation then you can target the protein your horse needs at the same time as restricting the calories so you horse can maintain the healthiest weight. If you also feed for minerals and vitamins to balance to grass and hay you will create the best body chemical engine your horse can have.
Learn more about protein for good doer and laminitis prone horses
In summary the following top tips will help you:
- Aim for steady weight loss by restricting calorie requirements but not at the expense of protein sources levels.
- Try to match feed needs to known levels by carrying out analysis of grass, hay or haylage.
- Feed a forage focused balancer to ensure that cutting calories doesn’t mean cutting back on minerals and vitamins too.
- Regularly check your horse’s condition score and determine whether you horse is well covered with fat or muscle.
- Provide suitable levels of quality protein and in particular the essential amino acids.
- Work your horse regularly ensuring exercise is of an appropriate type, intensity and frequency. Carrying out correct postural exercise to engage core muscles and having a correct saddle fit is crucial.