When our nutrition team started the development of Benchmark Invest the overarching aim was to provide nutrition that was not only good enough to support the horse being fed, but to provide support for the future. For an in-foal mare this is the development and nourishment of her foal through to weaning; for the weanling or yearling it is to support the upcoming periods of rapid growth and development and for a weary and muscle fatigued equine athlete it is to rebuild and replenish body condition and lean muscle mass. To succeed in this goal takes a holistic approach to equine nutrition. Inclusions must go well beyond providing carbs and protein. When formulating Benchmark Invest our nutritionists looked at the gut microbiome, fibre and fat requirements, amino acid profiles across all body tissues, vitamin and mineral balances and nutrient availability and digestibility.