Health

Vi­ta­min E: why it’s cru­cial for health.

Horse & Rider - - Contents -

Vi­ta­min E is es­sen­tial for your horse. It helps elim­i­nate dam­ag­ing free rad­i­cals in his body, pro­tects cells, sup­ports his im­mune sys­tem, and as­sists with nerve and mus­cle func­tion. A de­fi­ciency can cause mus­cle loss, toe drag­ging, and over­all weak­ness. Fresh pas­ture is the best source of E; if your horse gets plenty of green grass, he’s prob­a­bly get­ting enough of the vi­ta­min. Con­sider a sup­ple­ment if your horse has lit­tle or no pas­ture turnout, is a hard-work­ing ath­lete or preg­nant mare, or has cer­tain neu­ro­log­i­cal or mus­cu­lar dis­eases (check with your vet; a blood test is the best way to as­sess lev­els).

Graz­ing on green grass for sev­eral hours or more ev­ery day will as­sure that most horses re­ceive ad­e­quate amounts of vi­ta­min E.

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