natural vitamin E

Researchers Confirm Vitamin E Lower in Horses Without Access to Pasture

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Horses are managed in varying conditions throughout the world. A vast number of them do not have access to growing pasture year-round due to geographic region, season, training schedules, or specific management routines. Because of their limited intake of fresh forages, these horses do not consume sufficient vitamin E for optimal health. Insufficient vitamin E in the diet can lead to muscle problems and impaired immune function. Canadian researchers... Read More »

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Vitamin E Necessary for Optimal Health

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The most important function of vitamin E in the horse’s body revolves around its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants offset the damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable compounds that are generated when oxygen is burned by the body. When these free radicals circulate throughout the body unchecked, they cause cellular damage that is thought to play a role in various health problems. A diet abundant in vitamin E and other antioxidants ensures... Read More »

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Nutrition’s Role in Horse Healing and Recovery

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As equine athletes, our horses constantly run the risk of injury. When injury occurs, the horse is faced with a new set of challenges to overcome. Changes in exercise, diet and turnout place extra physical and mental stresses on the horse above and beyond those caused by the initial injury. The addition of targeted nutrients goes a long way toward helping the horse meet these challenges and recover faster. Targeted supplements support essential systems... Read More »

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When just a handful isn’t enough

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Many owners are unaware that a handful of concentrate a day does not come close to providing all the nutrients their horse needs. Feed manufacturers formulate concentrates to be fed at certain levels (typically at least 4 to 5 lbs per day). When recommended feeding directions are followed, minimum nutrient requirements are met, but when the amount fed is less than the minimum level, the diet can be lacking in essential vitamins and minerals. Processed... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Macro & Micro Minerals | Tips and Topics

Spring pasture dangers

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Click here to read our Nutritional Minute.   Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2015 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Elevate Maintenance Powder; an affordable, easy way to provide essential natural vitamin E, when longer-term vitamin E supplementation is needed. When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct... Read More »

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Tips for feeding special needs horses in the winter

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.     Text alternative for: Tips for feeding special needs horses in the winter Preventing winter weight gain in easy keepers. • Monitor your horse’s weight carefully during winter breaks and, if necessary, back off on concentrates. Equine Weight Formulas (Measurements in inches) • Adult Horse: (heart girth x heart girth x body length) ÷ 330 = body... Read More »

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Reduce Risk of Horse Health Problems by Careful Winter Feeding

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Click here to read our Nutritional Minute.   Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2015 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Micro-Phase, which provides essential vitamins and trace minerals missing from forages and unfortified diets in an easy-to-digest form. When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of... Read More »

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Nutrition for Lay-Up/Convalescing Horses

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Whether a racehorse needs some downtime from the rigors of track life or a show jumper is on stall rest with a bowed tendon, the right nutrition can make a difference in recovery time and extent of recovery. Some horses will require less energy intake, while others with more significant injuries to overcome may require additional calories, because the immune system can be a major drain on energy reserves. Balanced nutrition is key to maintaining a healthy... Read More »

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Does Elevate contain sugar? How much?

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A scoop of Elevate Maintenance Powder contains 1,000 IU of natural vitamin E and 7 grams of sugar. This is a very small amount of sugar. For comparison, one medium apple contains 15 grams of sugar and one cup of chopped carrots contains 6 grams of sugar. Supplementation with Elevate Maintenance Powder does not significantly increase the level of sugar in your horse’s diet and is appropriate to feed to horses on a low sugar/starch... Read More »

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Is it necessary to feed additional fat or oil to my horse when I supplement with a natural vitamin E powder?

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No, it is not necessary to provide additional fat or oil to your horse when supplementing with the natural vitamin E contained in Elevate Maintenance Powder. A typical horse will consume enough fat from their diet to support the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. An exception to the rule would be a horse that is severely malnourished or one that has a medical condition that interferes with fat absorption. A little bit of fat goes a long... Read More »

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Natural Vitamin E During the Winter Months

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Click here to view or download infographic.     Text alternative for - Natural Vitamin E During the Winter Months Green grass is the greatest source of vitamin E. Supplementation with vitamin E is most crucial during the winter when horses are fed diets almost exclusively composed of preserved forages. Lack of vitamin E can result in: Sore, stiff muscles Poor immune system Neurological disorders Multiple research... Read More »

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Tips for feeding special needs horses in the winter

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Preventing winter weight gain in easy keepers. Some horses gain weight when given a winter break from trail riding, training, and/or showing. Monitor your horse’s weight carefully during breaks and, if necessary, back off on concentrates. When you feed less than the recommended amounts of a commercial concentrate, you need to supplement with a complete vitamin and mineral pellet (Micro-Phase ™) to ensure your horse’s nutrient requirements... Read More »

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Preparing for winter starts now

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10 feeding tips to help your horse get through the cold winter months 1.  Don’t rely on pasture as your horse’s sole source of nutrition in the winter, as it lacks adequate vitamins, minerals and, in some cases, energy. 2.  As pastures fade, switch from green grass to dried hay slowly. It takes the horse’s digestive tract about two weeks to acclimate to new forage. 3.  The best way to warm your horse up in cold weather is to feed additional... Read More »

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How can I tell if my horse is getting enough vitamin E from grazing in his pasture?

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A good general rule to apply is this: The "average" horse needs to graze for approximately 17 hours per day on good green pasture to meet the maintenance requirement for natural vitamin E. However, there are always exceptions to the rule. For the easy keeper, even a short time spent grazing provides too many calories! Metabolically sensitive horses are unable to graze for extended periods of time because grass contains too much sugar. Under... Read More »

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Good Nutrition in Broodmares Supports Healthy Foals

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When a mare passes antibodies (immunoglobulins) on to her foal, it is known as passive transfer. These antibodies help to protect the foal from diseases until its own immune system gets up and running. Failure of passive transfer results in foals with weak immune systems that are at risk for serious health problems. Research has shown that pregnant mares supplemented daily with 2,500 IU of water-soluble, natural vitamin E (Elevate W.S.) from the last... Read More »

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