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Vitamins for Horses

Vitamins for HorseHorses have very a specific diet because their distinctive system of digestion, so including vitamins for horses might be very beneficial for their growth and good health.

Be mindful of seeking an advice from a veterinarian what kind of horse vitamin supplements is the best for your horse’s diet. The type of horse vitamins may depend on age, level of activity, general health.

Review of the vitamins that may be required for you horse

A large amount of the vitamins could be found in the ordinary food such as grass, hay, oats. Vitamin A could be found in fresh grass, herbage, yellow corn This vitamin is crucial for reproduction, vision, respiration and digestion and bone growth.

The herbage and fresh grass contain a lot of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, B12, D, E, K, Biotin, Calcium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Manganese.

Horse Vitamin Supplement

Vitamin A

As it was mentioned above Vitamin A is very important for the health of the cells and the body tissues like skin, eyes, respiratory system, organs of reproduction etc.

The lack of this vitamin can cause bad hair coat, the infections of reproductive system and respiratory tract, diarrhea, uncontrolled tearing. The horses have the ability to store this vitamin in the liver for up to six months. So if the horse didn’t get a grass for this period of time it’s recommended to use supplements.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is named the sunlight vitamin, because the ultraviolet stream is converting into vitamin D. Make sure your horse gets at least four hours of sunlight. It should be enough to produce its own vitamin.

Vitamin K

There is a high amount of vitamin K in green or dried forages. This vitamin is important in the process of blood thickening, which is crucial when an injury or a cut happens. Check the hay for signs of sweet clover-this herb can cause the insufficiency of vitamin K.

Vitamin E

The level of vitamin E is usually normal and its insufficiency has not been described. This vitamin is more important for the show horses, because it improves the function of the muscles. It is also used to enhance the immunity and reproduction.

B Vitamins

The sufficient amount of the B vitamins is found in the regular healthy horse’s food, because they are produced by the microbes of colon and cecum. It is possible, though, that the horses with low nutrition consuming and under serious stress could have a lack of B vitamins. The signs of insufficiency are bad appetite and anemia.

Vitamin B12 used to be sold in large quantities to the horsemen, because they believed that consumption of vitamin B12 can improve the performance of the horse. Further researches showed that they where wrong. Adding B vitamins to the ration is beneficial if the horse has been working very hard for long period of time.

Horse Vitamins

A horse may be in need of vitamin and mineral supplements for many reasons such as stress due traveling, showing, a lack of quality hay,health problems etc., but before buying any supplements, consult to a professional veterinarian.


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