Essential Vitamins

Biotin Basics

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Biotin has become commonplace in feed rooms across the world because of its reputation as an effective hoof supplement. And while this is true, some horsemen believe it to be a man-made and mystical creation. Nothing could be further from the truth. Like the more familiar niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin, biotin is first and foremost a B-vitamin. Biotin is similar to other B-vitamins in that it is essential in the conversion of feedstuffs to energy so... Read More »

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Traveling Is Hard on Your Horse

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Traveling is harder on your horse than you think. Tired, stressed horses are more likely to hurt themselves in the trailer, and they are more susceptible to illness during and after the trip. Traveling in a trailer causes: A decrease in immune function Muscle fatigue Respiratory stress Digestive imbalances and dehydration The longer a horse is in the trailer the more stress their systems are put under. 8 things you can do to reduce travel... Read More »

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Does Your Horse Need Extra Vitamins? Maybe…

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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... Read More »

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Grazing Management for Sugar Sensitive Horses

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Lush, cool season spring grass is packed full of vitamins, minerals and energy, but it is also high in sugar! Sugar sensitive horses grazing on lush pasture can develop colic and laminitis. Sensitive horses are often restricted from grazing and maintained on dried forages. The potency of vitamin E declines very quickly once forages are harvested and dried. Therefore, horses that are restricted from grazing are at risk for developing vitamin E deficiencies... Read More »

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Vitamin E is often deficient in the diets of horses that do not have access to fresh green grass.

  Copyright (C) 2017 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 course of action for your horse. Supplements are intended to maintain healthy... Read More »

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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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Hoof and coat problems facing the off-the-track Thoroughbred

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On the track, constant exercise, frequent shoeing, and the demands of racing can put a lot of stress on Thoroughbreds’ hooves. Bad feet can lead to other issues, such as sore backs and hocks. Hooves are made of tough tissue called keratin. Keratin bonds are formed with the B vitamin biotin. When biotin is lacking in the diet, Thoroughbreds’ hooves can become brittle and dry, which leads to cracked hooves that fall apart. Adding a biotin supplement may... Read More »

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Muscle problems in the off-the-track Thoroughbred

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Thoroughbreds in training produce large amounts of free radicals that can damage cell membranes in the muscle. To defend against free radicals, horses use antioxidants like natural vitamin E and selenium to hunt the free radicals and render them harmless. Thoroughbreds on the track are without the benefit of grazing on fresh green grass for long periods of time. Fresh grass is the best source of natural vitamin E. In dried forages, like hay, vitamin E... Read More »

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Horses and Vitamin C

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Horses (unlike humans) have the ability to manufacture vitamin C from glucose, because they produce an enzyme in their liver called L-gulonolactone oxidase. Under normal conditions, horses have enough glucose in their diets to produce all the vitamin C they need. When facing certain challenges, horses may use up vitamin C faster than they can manufacture it, such as during rapid growth in young horses, or when athletic horses are performing at high... 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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Why choose Elevate Natural Vitamin E

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Elevate® was developed to provide a highly bioavailable source of natural vitamin E to horses. Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, limits the damage caused by everyday oxidative stress. It maintains healthy muscle and nerve function and supports a strong immune system in horses of all ages. Vitamin E cannot be synthesized by the horse; therefore, it is considered an essential nutrient. The best source of vitamin E is fresh green grass; however, the... 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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