Lysine is regarded as the number one limiting amino acid, an essential building block for protein in the body.
Lysine plays a major role
- in calcium absorption
- building muscle including topline
- production of hormones, enzymes and antibodies
- production of collagens, elastins in bone matrix, skin, tendons and articular cartilage
- keratin protein in hooves, coat, mane and tail.
Dr Kellon VMD recommends:
10 – 20 g lysine, mix with feed
It’s not uncommon for lysine to be too low in hay, including all the types of grass hay, meadow hay, Teff hay, Rhodes grass hay and oaten/wheaten hay. Essential amino acids like lysine can be too low in grass that is not actively growing.
According to the National Research Council (NRC), the higher the horse’s bodyweight and/or workload, the higher the requirement. Supplementation can be important for all horses, especially in moderate to heavy work and breeding mares and actively growing youngsters.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, of which there are two types; essential and non essential. Essential means the horse can only obtain it from the diet while non essential means the horse can manufacture these amino acids. Lysine is the number one limiting essential amino acid.
Lysine HCL contains 98.5% lysine. The HCL form is considered to have higher bioavailability based on studies in other species.
If you need a supplement to support muscle building/topline as well as healthy hooves, Equine Amino may be the better choice.
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Living with Old Soft Tissue Injuries
Nutrition for the Lactating Mare by Dr Kellon
Weanlings Have Special Needs by Dr Kellon
Nutritional Support for Shedding by Dr Kellon
The amino acid L-Lysine HCL is a nutritional supplement product for inclusion in horse’s feed. Product has no therapeutic effect and is designed to be administered in a feed for voluntary ingestion for horses.
Animal consumption only.