Horse Supplement Storage Tips

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  • These are general guidelines. Be sure to check the label on each supplement.
  • Never feed a supplement past its expiration date.
  • Powders and pellets tend to be more stable and can withstand environmental extremes better than pastes and liquids.

Paste and liquid supplements

Best stored at room temperature, sealed tightly.

Extreme heat

  • Reduces potency and stability.
  • Results in melting and leaking of pastes.

Freezing

  • Alters molecular structure and destroys nutritive value.

Direct sunlight and open air

  • Degrades potency of nutrients.

Additional tips

  • When weather conditions are extremely cold or hot, provide your delivery company with a safe place to leave your order.
  • Minimize the time supplements are exposed to high temperatures in your car. Leave a window cracked and use a sun-shield to reduce overheating. Transport supplements in a cooler.
  • Keep supplements out of direct sunlight and sealed tightly.
  • Do not mix with feeds or other supplements until right before feeding.
  • Ask the manufacturer if there is a pump or adapter for ease of use.

Powdered and pelleted supplements

Best stored in a place between 50°F and 70°F with a humidity of 40% to 50%, sealed tightly.

Extreme heat

  • Tolerates short periods of heating.

Freezing

  • Rarely impacts nutritive value.

High humidity

  • Leads to clumping, mold, and a reduction in nutritive value.

Direct sunlight and open air

  • Degrades potency of nutrients.

Additional tips

  • Take the time to open the bag carefully and reseal the liner after every use.
  • Make sure lids are closed completely to allow the gasket to prevent moisture from entering the container.
  • If a supplement contains a desiccant, it is important to leave it in the bucket.
  • Consider getting a screw-top lid. This converts the bucket into a screw-top container for ease of use.
  • Can be mixed with other supplements or added to feed in advance, as long as it is stored in a sealed container that is kept in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
  • Store large buckets in your house and keep a smaller bucket in the barn and refill it when needed.

Did you know?

  • In a pinch, Elevate® W.S. can be measured with the cap. One full cap equals 6 ml (3,000 IU).
  • One squirt of a Contribute™ pump equals 1 ounce.

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