Feeding the Competition Horse to Build Muscle
Competition horses must be physically fit with appropriate muscling to perform well. Building muscle requires regular, correct work, as well as proper nutrition.
Dr. Anna Pesta-Dunaway of Purina describes the basics of building muscle in performance horses from a nutritional perspective in this excerpt from our Ask The Horse Live podcast episode “Creating a Nutrition Plan For The Competition Horse.”
About the Expert:
Anna Pesta Dunaway
Dr. Anna Pesta Dunaway, PhD, is a Nutritionist on the Equine Technical Solutions Team at Purina Animal Nutrition. She is responsible for helping to bring innovative solutions from the research team out to the field. She spends most of her time providing technical consultations and support to the sales team on the East Coast, as well as speaking on equine nutrition at horse owner meetings and professional conferences. Anna earned her BS in Animal Science from Kansas State University and received both her MS and PhD in Animal Nutrition from the University of Nebraska. Her graduate research focused on the use of high fat diets and manipulating the microbial community in the gut. Anna resides in Aiken, SC and is a lifelong equestrian with a special interest in the nutrition and development of the future sport horse.
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