Equine Post-Exercise Recovery Supplement


Executive Summary


Large sectors of the equine industry focus on athletic performance of horses, such as the racing industry (accounts for approximately one third of the total U.S. equine economic impact) and other important segments like dressage, show jumping, and three-day eventing.  MSU researchers have developed an equine food supplement to significantly enhance the performance of the equine athlete by improving muscle protein synthesis and reducing the post-exercise recovery period.


Description of Technology


Exercise induces breakdown of muscle proteins. During the recovery period, muscle protein synthesis increases in order to repair muscle damage. Post-exercise muscle protein synthesis and net protein gain will occur during a very short window of time, i.e., 24 to 48 hours post exercise if given adequate dietary amino acid availability, a key necessity for recovery.  To achieve best results in the post-exercise recovery phase of horses, MSU researchers have created a nutritional supplement that contains a mixture of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA).  Oral supplementation of BCAA before and during exercise has been shown to enhance post-exercise muscle protein synthesis and to shorten the recovery period.  The mixture is provided orally in a tablet that is highly palatable, readily accepted, and rapidly consumed by horses.  The tablet is uniquely designed to suit the high nutrient uptake and bioavailability in the horse.


Key Benefits

  • Shorter post-exercise recovery times
  • More effective muscle protein synthesis during recovery times
  • High endurance for equine events
  • Better athletic performance 



  • Sport horse industry supplement
  • Work horse industry supplement
  • Private horse supplement


Patent Status: 


Under review


Licensing Rights Available


Full licensing rights available


Inventors: Nathalie Trottier, Harold D. Schott


Tech ID: TEC2015-0049


Alternative contact due to temporary leave:


Nina (Isi) Davis, Technology Marketing Manager, email: davisnin@msu.edu, phone (direct): (517)884-1829. 


Patent Information:


For Information, Contact:

Randy Ramharack
Technology Manager
Michigan State University