A daily dose of the proper vitamins and minerals is essential to your horse’s well-being.
Vitamins are organic compounds, which, when provided in the proper amounts, play a major role in the well-being of your horse. They are vital to the promotion and regulation of virtually all of the body’s normal functions.
Vitamins are available to your horse through a variety of sources, ranging from forages, such as grass and hay, to concentrates and supplements. Some vitamins, such as vitamin K and the B vitamins, are actually manufactured by the bugs (microflora) in your horse’s digestive tract. Many vitamins come in synthetic (man-made) and natural forms. In some vitamins, like vitamin E, the source of the vitamin is very important. Natural vitamin is much more readily absorbed and retained in tissues, while synthetic vitamin E is not.
Minerals are inorganic compounds that serve both as components in body tissue and as catalysts for various body processes. They also play a critical role in a horse’s health and well-being.
Minerals are broken down into two categories: macrominerals and microminerals. Macrominerals are those required by the horse in larger quantities. Calcium, phosphorus, and most electrolytes are macrominerals. Microminerals, or trace minerals, are required in smaller quantities. Examples of microminerals are zinc, copper, and selenium.
Minerals are found in forages, concentrates, and supplements. The mineral content in feedstuffs varies based on growing site, growing conditions, and various processing methods. Minerals that have been “chelated” go through a process that makes them easier to digest.
Change through the ages
A horse’s vitamin and mineral requirements change throughout his lifetime. The following horses and ponies may have higher vitamin and mineral requirements:
- Growing horses
- Performance horses and racehorses
- Broodmares and stallions
- Horses on restricted diets (processed forages and small quantities of concentrates)
- Horses without access to at least part-time grazing on quality pasture grass
- Horses consuming feeds grown in deficient areas
- Senior horses
Choose the best vitamin and mineral supplement for your horse:
Provides essential vitamins and trace minerals missing from forages and unfortified diets in an easy-to-digest form
A blend of vitamins and minerals that nourishes skin, hair coat, and hooves
Fast-acting, water-soluble, natural vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant when you need to raise blood tocopherol (vitamin E) levels quickly, or when high dose administration is required.
Affordable, easy way to provide essential natural vitamin E, when longer-term vitamin E supplementation is needed. Also allows for high dose administration (above 2,000 IU/day) of vitamin E.
All-natural combination of antioxidant support containing natural vitamin E and organic selenium. Provides 1,500 IU vitamin E and 1 mg selenium per serving. Choose when additional Se is required and maintenance dose of vitamin E is adequate.
A blend of three powerful antioxidants: natural vitamin E, vitamin C, and selenium. Provides essential antioxidants at a daily maintenance level to support healthy muscle function.
Developed for Olympic equine athletes, a balanced and concentrated source of electrolytes and trace minerals to support electrolyte balance, hydration, muscle, and gut function.
An electrolyte paste with Neigh-Lox for horses on the go; supports normal hydration and mineral balance, plus a comfortable tummy
Electrolytes developed to replace what is lost during the long, slow work done by endurance horses
Electrolytes and trace minerals with buffers and coating agents to protect the stomach from stress. Developed specifically for endurance horses.
When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of action for your horse. Supplements are intended to maintain healthy systems and support recovery and healing. They are not intended to treat or cure illness or injury.