Understanding a Horse’s Topline: The Impact of Nutrition

A horse’s topline — the muscles that support the spine, from neck to hindquarters — plays an important role in how a horse performs, looks and feels. Nutrition is the single most important factor in achieving a healthy topline. To learn more, visit ToplineBalance.com.

2 Replies to “Understanding a Horse’s Topline: The Impact of Nutrition”

  1. Would adding some alfalfa pellets help my horse’s topline? He gets good hay and a balancer now, LMF Super Sup. G

    1. Hello Gloria – Great question. In general no, they won’t help topline much. Alfalfa pellets are higher in protein and amino acid than grass hay, but lower than a quality formulated balancer like our Empower Topline Balance. Furthermore, alfalfa pellets typically run 16% crude protein, which is on the lower end of the quality scale for alfalfa pellets, which is why it is in a pellet and not a bale. We use alfalfa pellets as an ingredient in many feeds, but not for a protein or amino acid source — rather as a very digestible fiber source. An easier solution would be to evaluate your balancer and consider feeding more of it. Hope that helps – please let us know if you have more questions!

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