Top 3 Biohacks for your Barrel Racing Horse



  1. Protect your horse’s cells from damage caused by excess lactate and free radicals released during exercise by supplementing with high quality antioxidants.
  2. All antioxidants are not created equal.  Choose the most potent and bioavailable antioxidants for best results.
  3. FullBucket’s Medical Muscle is the most effective antioxidant supplement for horses due to its incredible combination of all-star ingredients.


Feeding horses isn’t rocket science and we know you’ve heard the basics many times: Feed your performance horse a minimum of 1% of body weight in forage every day, feed forage before feeding grain, and feed a high-quality, nutrient-balanced grain mix.

But sometimes meeting the basics is not enough.

  • Do you feel like something is still “missing”?
  • Do you find yourself asking if this is really all your horse “has in him” during training or performance events? 
  • Do you feel like your horse is a little “off”, but no one can seem to pinpoint why?

 If you’re still reading this, you probably answered “Yes” to at least 1 of these questions.

Your barrel horse may simply need a little extra oomph.

And thanks to new research, we’re willing to bet that we have a solution.


Repeat after us: Being well starts at the cell. 

Individual cells are the workhorses of the body.  Cells make up tissues, which make up organs, which make up body systems.  If the cell is not functioning optimally, the body is not functioning optimally, either. 

The most common cause of cellular damage is oxidative stress and the resulting production of reactive oxygen species or free radicals. 

Cellular damage is responsible for many pathological conditions including those related to muscle function and respiratory efficiency, which can significantly impact our performance horses. 


In simple terms, oxidative stress is an imbalance.  It is an inescapable side effect of being alive, and is generated as a result of the body’s reaction to exercise, stress, and even normal metabolism.

Oxidative stress results in the production of free radicals, which you can think of as unstable wrecking balls in the body. 

While we can’t always control or prevent oxidative stress from occurring, we can significantly reduce its negative effects and optimize performance during exercise, recovery, and maintenance. 

In horses, oxidative stress in muscle cells results in fatigue, muscle cramping (tying up), slow exercise recovery, and delayed return to peak performance. 


Antioxidants act as free radical scavengers.  They function at the cellular level to protect tissues against the effects of oxidative stress.

Antioxidants are the biohackers of barrel horse performance! Antioxidants are not shortcuts; they are master cell-optimizers.  

Antioxidants vary in potency and effectiveness.  There is a constant buzz in the equine industry about the use of a Vitamin E and Selenium supplement in horses.  While this is the most common combination of antioxidants, it may not be the most effective. 

So we went on a quest to find the best combination of antioxidants and here’s what we created. 


  • Astaxanthin
    If you’ve never heard this word before, you’re not alone. Astaxanthin, as THE most potent antioxidant, is one of the best kept secrets of salmon!

    Think about it: Salmon jump up to 12 feet and swim 6,000 miles during their first 2-3 years of life, then return home to swim 200 miles upstream to spawn. They are able to do this through abundant astaxanthin quantities, which make them pink in color.  

    Astaxanthin, sometimes referred to as “King of the Carotenoids”, is what allows salmon to swim upstream without developing fatigue.

    How strong is astaxanthin? 

    • 6,000 times stronger than Vitamin C
    • 800 times stronger than CoQ10
    • 550 times stronger than Green Tea Catechins
    • 75 times stronger than alpha lipoic acid.

    Supplementation of astaxanthin through FullBucket’s Medical Muscle will allow your horse to perform at peak potential for a longer time, improve recovery time after exercise, and prevent muscle cramping. 

  • L-Carnitine
    L-carnitine is an amino acid found most often in performance supplements for human athletes and weightlifters.  While L-carnitine does not necessarily result in muscle bulk, it plays an important role in muscle cells.

     Muscle cells need energy to function properly.  L-carnitine transports energy into the muscle cell to allow it to continue to perform at the highest level.   

    On top of delivering energy to muscle cells, L-carnitine reduces free radicals and lactic acid buildup, which are ultimately responsible for muscle fatigue.  

  • Vitamin E
    Arguably the most commonly supplemented antioxidant, Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin sometimes listed as alpha-tocopherol on a feed or supplement label. 

     High levels of natural Vitamin E, such as those found in FullBucket’s Medical Muscle, support the effectiveness of astaxanthin, and prevent free radical formation.