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Frequently Asked Questions

Horses are typically more familiar with receiving treats in the paddock, rather than after work or around their feed time. So, you should try to introduce your horse to the Muscle Max Bar in the paddock, so the bar is already being framed as a treat.

  • The Muscle Max Bar has a quite different consistency to feed stuffs that your horse may be used to so giving them smaller pieces at first is the best way to introduce the supplement to your horse. Do not offer them the whole bar at once like a carrot.
  • Break the bar up into very small, sugar cube, sized pieces and mix a few of these with a handful of their regular hard feed in your hand or a small bucket and then reduce the amount of hardfeed in the mix until the horse is eating the Muscle Max Bar on it’s own.


Once your horse wraps their head and tongue around the bar, they’ll fall into a habit of receiving the bar immediately after work. They’ll probably start looking for the bar themselves and reminding you to give it to them. We know a few horses who break into their feed room to claim their bar if they haven’t received it as soon as the bridle has come off.

Sometimes when a horse first bites into our Muscle Max Bar, the new taste, texture, and the amount they need to chew can overwhelm the horse. So they just spit it out. We’ve found that 99% of the horses who first spit the bar out, actually end up eating it within three to four days. It’s all about getting them used to it.

Here are a few suggestions to get your horse familiar with the bar:

1 – Break off some very small (sugar cube sized) pieces of the bar and mix it in your hand with some of their normal pellet feed, hand feed this and see if they are happy to eat the pieces of bar mixed in with the feed. Then just reduce the amount of feed and very soon they will be eating the pieces of bar all on its own.

2 – If they won’t eat it from your hand mixed with feed then leave a few of those small pieces of bar in their feed bin on top of their feed overnight, if the pieces of bar are gone in the morning then you know that they will eat the bar, you just have to train them to do it from the hand (see point 1 ?)

3 – Soak some small pieces of the bar in warm water and then mix in with a little bit of chaff to make the bar look more like a ‘traditional’ feed, once they eat this and get the taste through their mouth put some small pieces of unsoaked bar into the mix and see if they will eat these, then just offer them the small pieces of bar from your hand.

We know this sounds like a bit of stuffing around to get them to eat the bar but the muscle building results they get from the Muscle Max Bars are truly worth the effort!

We have two core products: Muscle Max Bar and Intensive Tissue Repair Powder. These products can help your horse in different ways and depends on whether your horse requires targeted muscle building and recovery support and/or full body muscle and condition gain support.

MUSCLE MAX BAR – TARGETED MUSCLE BUILDING & RECOVERY FOR PERFORMANCE HORSES:

During exercise micro-tears develop in the muscle fibres causing muscle mass break down, this is known as the Catabolic State.  After completing exercise the muscles require Amino Acid building blocks (protein) to repair these micro-tears and switch the horses body into the muscle repair and building phase know as the Anabolic State.  

Feeding Muscle Max Bar within 15-20 minutes after each exercise session guarantees that your horses muscles have access to the exact Amino Acids, and specifically the 3 Branched Chain Amino Acids Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine, required to repair and rebuild –  just like human athletes who have a protein shake after gym and training sessions.

INTENSIVE TISSUE REPAIR – FULL BODY MUSCLE & CONDITION GAIN:

Our Intensive Tissue Repair powder is specifically formulated for horses who require significant muscle mass gain and full body conditioning support by providing an ultra concentrated dose of the essential amino acids which are often low or lacking entirely in performance horse feeds due to the heat processing involved in steaming and extruding these feeds to make them safer and more efficient to feed.

The availability of sufficient Essential Amino Acids in the horses diet actually controls the ability of the horses body to build every type of tissue and repair damaged tissues, including muscles.  Additionally, digestive efficiency in the foregut/small stomach of the horse also relies on a sufficient supply of the Essential Amino Acids in order to produce the digestive enzymes required to efficiently breakdown ingested food into the nutrients available for absorption by the small intestine, more nutrients absorbed in the small intestine means your horse gets more nutrition out of the feed they are already receiving.

Adding Intensive Tissue Repair powder to your performance horses daily hard feed ensures that the horses body has access to an abundance of these Essential Amino Acids to enable optimum nutrient absorption and muscle building, which supports full body muscle and condition gain.
 

No the Muscle Max Bars do not heat horses up at all. If anything, they may help to calm horses down by reducing the muscle pain and fatigue — which can often be the cause of poor behaviour.

The Muscle Max Bar can be used in 2 different ways to achieve 2 very different sets of results.

Before exercise – feed half or a full bar 30 minutes before a XC run to provide a serious stamina boost and reduce the onset of fatigue. This is ideal for horses who are still building fitness or who are moving up to the next level and are now taking on bigger fences and longer courses as it provides a concentrated source of Branched Chain Amino Acids which can be used as energy by the muscles before they are forced to start breaking down the muscle itself to use as energy. Feeding the Muscle Max Bar before an XC run or even an SJ course is also a powerful way to reduce the risk of tying up and delayed onset muscles soreness (DOMS).

After exercise – feed a half or full Muscle Max Bar within 15-20 minutes of completing every training and competition session to boost muscle recovery and significant muscle development. Half a bar after regular flatwork training and dressage competition. A full bar after SJ and XC training and competition (unless you have fed a full bar before, then just feed a half bar; if you feed half a bar before XC then feed a full bar after). The concentrated protein and glucose in the Muscle Max Bar work together to switch of the muscle breakdown that naturally occurs during exercise and kickstarts the muscle repair and rebuilding processes. Without post-workout supplementation of protein and glucose, muscles can continue to breakdown for up to 2 hours after completing exercise, by halting this process within 20 minutes after exercise the muscles become less depleted and start to repair much sooner resulting in maximised muscle mass gains.

By using the Muscle Max Bar both before AND after or just before OR after allows you to tailor their use to each individual horses specific needs. Some horses just need the stamina boost, some really need the muscle mass gains, and some need both. It really just comes down to what your unique goals are for each of your horses fitness and conditioning and then feeding the Muscle Max Bar at the most effective time to achieve that.

Muscle Max Bars contain no ingredients or substances that are listed in the FEI restricted, prohibited or swabbable substances regulations. These bars are 100% safe for competing horses to consume. There are many horses who are using the Muscle Max Bars who have been swabbed after competition with no issues.

So long as you’re working your horse a minimum of three times per week and feeding them the Muscle Max Bar within 15 minutes after each session, you’ll see visible topline improvement and building results within three weeks — we guarantee it.

We recommend feeding half a bar after light work or a lunging session, and feeding a full bar after heavy work or jumping sessions.

We recommend starting with a loading dose of a feeding a full MMBar after every exercise session for the first 3 weeks and then moving to a maintenance feeding rate of half a bar after lighter work and a full bar after heavier work.

There are five ingredients in the Muscle Max Bars and yes, molasses in one of them. It’s a very small amount of molasses (30mls per bar). It will not heat up your horse at all, or exacerbate conditions such as: Insulin Resistance, laminitis risk, PSSM, EMS or Cushings — as long as you’re using the product correctly.

Older horses will have a harder time digesting and absorbing protein. So, the high quality and highly digestible protein provided by the Whey Protein Isolate in our Muscle Max Bars is easily absorbed by older horses’ guts. This means the protein quickly converts into muscle mass when your horse is fed immediately after exercise.

The best way for you to feed your older horse this bar is by giving them a full bar after work for the first three weeks. This will give them a big muscle building boost — really building their topline. After the first three weeks, you should only need to feed them half a bar after exercise to help maintain and steadily build more muscle.

Our Muscle Max Bars are 100% safe for use in young horses, from the age of weaning onwards. We do, however, strongly recommend only feeding half the recommended amount after each workout if your horse is young. The bars are very powerful muscle builders and it’s important to not have young horses carrying around too much extra condition, because their joints are still developing.

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