Horse Vitamin & Mineral Supplementation: Yay or Neigh??
Posted by Gabby Gufler on Tue, Jan 07, 2014 @ 04:48 PM at (http://info.mannapro.com/mannaproanimalcareblog/bid/155902/Horse-Vitamin-Mineral-Supplementation-Yay-or-Neigh#emart-form-anchor)
You may ask yourself from time-to-time, will my horse actually benefit from vitamin and mineral supplementation? The answer is most likely yes! Vitamins are required in small quantities in your horse's
Learn how these individual vitamins and minerals can benefit you and your horse!
Vitamin D: Aids in absorption of calcium from your horse's small intestine. Horses exposed to four to six hours of outdoor light (even on cloudy days) will make sufficient vitamin D. Also, sun-cured forages contain vitamin D. If a horse is not exposed to the sun, or is fed poor-quality hay, a vitamin D deficiency could occur and supplementation may be necessary.
Vitamin E & Selenium: These critical antioxidants help
Vitamin A: Is crucial for proper function of proteins necessary for vision, muscle function, and helps keep mucous membranes healthy, as well as several other functions. Vitamin A is often present in quality pasture and hay, but if your horse does not have access to quality forage, Vitamin A supplementation may be necessary.
Sodium Chloride (salt): Helps maintain proper fluid balance in your horse's body. Your horse most likely recievessodium chloride from his basic diet, but it can be lost through sweat. If your horse works hard, especially in hot conditions, it's important that he have sodium chloride available to replenish what he loses. Manna Pro Bounce Back Electrolyte Supplement is a great product to have on hand during these times!
Calcium: Calcium is most important during growth and development of bone, and during gestation and birth. High levels of calcium are found in alfalfa hay, but if your horse is fed a diet of grass hay and cereal grain (such as oats), it's likely that his Ca:Phos ratio is less than 1:1, and calcium supplementation may be advised.
Phosphorus: As with calcium, phosphorus is most important during growth and development. Senior horses may also be less effective at absorbing phosphorus, and supplementation may be suggested.
Magnesium: This mineral plays a role in energy metabolism, muscle contraction, and nerve impulses. Magnesium is often used as a calming supplement with the belief it helps relax muscles.
Potassium: Plays an important role in muscle contraction and nerve impulses. Although Potassium is generally found in high amounts in most hays, it can be lost in sweat and may require supplementation. If your horse suffers from HYPP, excess potassium may be detrimental.
Copper: Copper is involved in formation of hemoglobin, and without enough copper, your horse may become anemic. Copper is often present in most hays, beet pulp and flax seed. Often a sign that your horse is copper deficient, is your horse's coat gets sun bleached and turns orange in the summer. Consult with your veterinarian if you believe your horse is copper deficient.
Zinc: Zinc is involved in immunity and wound healing. Most quality pasture, hays and grains contain zinc in adequate levels. As with copper, a lack of zinc is believed to cause your horse's coat to turn orange in the sun.
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