The Sup­ple­men­tal Ad­van­tage

EQUUS - - EQUUS - This ar­ti­cle was pre­vi­ously pub­lished in EQUUS 387, De­cem­ber 2009.

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rate and qual­ity of hoof horn

me­thio­n­ine, an amino acid that con­tains sul­fur, an el­e­ment the body uses to pro­duce ker­atin

ly­sine, an amino acid that plays a role in the for­ma­tion of col­la­gen, the ab­sorp­tion and re­ten­tion of cal­cium, and tis­sue growth and re­pair

zinc, the min­eral es­sen­tial to the for­ma­tion and main­te­nance of car­ti­lage, bone, skin, hoof horn and hair

cop­per, a trace min­eral crit­i­cal to bone and hoof for­ma­tion

pyri­dox­ine (vi­ta­min B6), an or­ganic com­pound es­sen­tial for the pro­duc­tion of amino acids that sup­port hoof growth cal­cium car­bon­ate, a min­eral de­rived from eggshells and other sources that pro­vides cal­cium cal­cium pan­tothen­ate, a com­pound of pan­tothenic acid, which is an es­sen­tial com­po­nent in the syn­the­sis of amino acids used in hoof and hair pro­duc­tion flaxseed, the whole seeds or oil from the seeds of the flax plant; a source of omega-3 fatty acids thought to pro­mote hoof growth

Spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tions: It takes ap­prox­i­mately one year for a horse to grow a new hoof from coro­nary band to the ground. Be­cause sup­ple­ments can only in­flu­ence new hoof growth, it may take many months to see re­sults from these prod­ucts.

Di­ges­tion sup­ple­ments are for­mu­lated to bal­ance the gut flora in a horse’s in­testi­nal tract, re­duc­ing the like­li­hood of colic and di­ar­rhea. Com­mon in­gre­di­ents: pro­bi­otics, com­bi­na­tions of bac­te­ria and yeasts, in­clud­ing Lac­to­bacil­lus aci­dophilus, Bacil­lus sub­tilis and En­te­ro­coc­cus fae­cium, in­tended to sup­port pop­u­la­tions of in­testi­nal flora that are nec­es­sary for di­ges­tion pre­bi­otics, the sug­ars and other nu­tri­ents that pro­vide nu­tri­tional sup­port for the ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria that re­side in the gut yeast cul­ture, a strain of yeast that as­sists in the ac­tiv­ity of ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria in the hindgut

de­hy­drated al­falfa meal, a source of highly di­gestible fiber

Spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tions: Many di­ges­tive sup­ple­ments con­tain live or­gan­isms, which can be dam­aged or killed by ex­po­sure to heat and light. Read and fol­low any stor­age di­rec­tions listed on the la­bel. Skin and coat sup­ple­ments are for­mu­lated to sup­port the pro­duc­tion of ker­atin, col­la­gen and other build­ing blocks of the coat and skin. Com­mon in­gre­di­ents: pyri­dox­ine (vi­ta­min B6), a com­pound es­sen­tial for the pro­duc­tion of amino acids that sup­port hoof and hair growth; de­fi­ciency has been linked to skin in­flam­ma­tion and eczema in peo­ple bi­otin (vi­ta­min B7), a com­pound that plays a key role in the pro­duc­tion of ker­atin, a pro­tein that forms the ba­sis for hair flaxseed (lin­seed), the whole seeds or oil from the seeds of the flax

plant; con­tains omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to sup­port healthy hair growth

ri­boflavin (vi­ta­min B2), nu­tri­ent that aids in the pro­duc­tion of healthy skin and hair

ly­sine, an amino acid that plays a role in the for­ma­tion of col­la­gen as well as tis­sue growth and re­pair

zinc, a min­eral es­sen­tial for the for­ma­tion of bone, car­ti­lage, hoof horn, skin and hair folic acid (vi­ta­min B9), an or­ganic com­pound nec­es­sary for the pro­duc­tion and main­te­nance of new cells, par­tic­u­larly those with short life spans, such as skin cells cal­cium pan­tothen­ate, a com­pound of vi­ta­min B5 and a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of an en­zyme needed in the syn­the­sis of amino acids used in hair pro­duc­tion niaci­namide, a de­riv­a­tive of niacin (vi­ta­min B3); pre­lim­i­nary stud­ies sug­gest it may be use­ful in treat­ing skin disor­ders in peo­ple

me­thio­n­ine, an amino acid that con­tains sul­fur, an el­e­ment the body needs to pro­duce ker­atin; de­fi­cien­cies in peo­ple can cause skin le­sions

Spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tions: Poor skin and coat qual­ity can be in­di­ca­tors of over­all nu­tri­tional de­fi­cien­cies, par­a­sitic in­fec­tion or sys­temic ill­ness. Be­fore dis­miss­ing your horse’s dull coat as a cos­metic is­sue, check with your vet­eri­nar­ian to en­sure that it doesn’t sig­nal a bigger con­cern. S up­ple­ments can make a big dif­fer­ence in a horse’s health, looks and per­for­mance but, of course, they are not magic po­tions. They can­not make up for poor man­age­ment or nu­tri­tion, cure se­ri­ous phys­i­cal ail­ments or re­verse the ag­ing process. When you shop smart and with a clear pur­pose in mind, how­ever, sup­ple­ments can round out a horse’s diet for op­ti­mum health.

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