PREPARING yearlings for sales requires a meticulous approach to nutrition to ensure the youngsters are presented in peak physical condition. A well-balanced diet is crucial to achieve optimal growth, muscle development, along with the shiny coat and robust immune system necessary for the sales ring.

The foundation of any yearling diet should be high-quality forage, such as hay or grass, which provides essential fibre, not only for digestive health, but dental and mental health also. Increasing energy requirements can be met by supplementing the diet with a concentrated ration.

Muscle development required for the sales yearling relies on three important features:

  • 1.Adequate calorie intake
  • 2.A proper training / exercise regimen
  • 3.Provision of essential amino acids, such as lysine and methionine found in Plusvital Breeding Syrup.
  • Sales prep can be a stressful time for youngsters, changes in management, diet and an increasing exercise regimen, all challenge the young horse. Proper nutrition plays a critical role in mitigating the negative effects of stress during this period.

    Infections and illnesses

    Stress can compromise the immune system, making yearlings more susceptible to infections and illnesses, which can hinder the sales prep or worse still, result in withdrawal from sales. Using a supplement rich in antioxidants, such as Plusvital Breeding Syrup, supports immune function, helping to protect cells from damage and enhancing the body’s ability to fight off pathogens.

    Hydration will also play an important role in the young horse’s ability to cope with the increasing demands on its body, especially during transportation, or at the sales complex itself. Supplementing electrolytes, particularly sodium, potassium, and chloride, is a good strategy to replace those lost through sweat and to help maintain body fluid balance*. Plusvital Electrolyte Gel, a convenient electrolyte preparation in syringe format, will be available soon!

    To discuss optimising yearling sales prep nutrition, contact Heather Mackenzie on 086 0252678

    * clean fresh water should always be available when supplementing electrolytes