March 29, 2023 2 min read

Let's take the mystery out of building topline.
Every horse owner wants their horse to look and perform at its best. While there are many factors that determine a horse’s performance, such as training and environment, nutrition plays a major role in keeping your horse healthy and fit. Building topline in your horse is essential for optimal performance, but how do you go about doing it? Let's discuss the basics of feeding your horse for topline.

What is Topline?
Topline refers to the muscles on the back of a horse’s neck, along the spine and over the loin area. These muscles help support your horse’s spine and allow them to move with greater agility and power. A strong topline provides an even balance between front end muscular development (shoulders) and rear end muscular development (hindquarters).

Amino Acids: The Key Ingredient
Amino acids are essential building blocks for muscle growth and repair. They provide protein which helps build muscle mass, but they also play an important role in providing energy during exercise - making them essential for high-performance horses. Some amino acids have been shown to improve feed efficiency by increasing digestibility of other nutrients in the diet as well as improving overall nutrient absorption from feedstuffs. Our Amino Paste has 7 different kinds of amino acids, fed directly after exercise assist in the building of correct lean muscle.

When choosing a feed supplement or ration balancer specifically designed for building topline, it is important to make sure it contains adequate levels of these amino acids. Look for feeds that contain high levels of lysine, methionine, threonine, tryptophan, leucine, valine and histidine – all of which are key contributors to muscle strength and development. If the Amino paste isn't what you are after, PROTEINblend is a wonderful in-feed supplement that customers have been really happy with. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids can help horses maintain lean muscle mass, so be sure your supplement contains these beneficial fats as well.

Feeding your horse properly is one of the most important things you can do for their health and wellbeing. By providing them with adequate amounts of protein from quality sources such as amino acids found in feed supplements or ration balancers specifically designed for building topline can give your equestrian partner exactly what they need to stay healthy while performing at their best! So forget about spending time researching complex nutritional formulas - just focus on getting those key amino acids into your horse's diet so they can build strong muscles without sacrificing any performance!