Horse vitamin and mineral supplements are often added to a grain mix to ensure that it is a balanced meal and meets the horse’s nutritional requirements on a minimal level. The best way to use vitamin and mineral supplements is to incorporate them to balance the diet and to avoid what we call, over-supplementation. So if you are using a grain mix that has vitamins and minerals already incorporated in it, specifically made for the age of your horse, then you may not need to top it up with the vitamin and mineral supplement. Because it is an expensive practice and because you may be disrupting the diet’s formulated nutrient calculations. Meanwhile, there is a side effect when you overfeed your horse with vitamins and minerals supplements. They may create an imbalance in the number of vitamins and minerals in your horse’s diet.
The overall health, performance, and appearance of a horse can be used to determine its vitamin and mineral status. However, all these characteristics can be influenced by several factors such as diseases, parasites, training, and overall nutrition.
How to Examine the Vitamin and Mineral Status of a Horse
Before you can use a horse vitamin and mineral supplement, there are some ways you can accurately check to see the vitamin and mineral status of a horse.
The first step is to examine the horse’s diet generally. You can evaluate the horse’s daily feeding program based on scientific calculations to determine if the horse is being fed a balanced diet. The daily amount of the horse’s forage of this is checked, needs to be examined by the horse’s daily nutrient intake.
Secondly, the blood of the horse can also be analyzed to check the vitamin and mineral status. The veterinarian may need whole blood, plasma samples for laboratory work. Meanwhile, the blood sample may need to be handled with care so that hemolysis does occur. So if some nutrient-specific enzyme is present, for example, glutathione peroxidase then that will be measured to determine the status of selenium in a horse.
Thirdly, hair analysis is also another reliable means of assessing the nutritional status of a horse. The hair analysis can vary although this is based on the color of the hair, sex, breed, or even the age of the horse.
Horse Vitamin and Mineral
Vitamin E and Selenium: These two nutrients have received a lot of attention from horsemen and researchers. Both minerals are required by the horse for optimal athletic and also reproductive performance.
Selenium is a mineral and essential nutrient that is often referred to as an antioxidant. It protects the body from oxidative stress. If there is no enough selenium in the soil, for instance, the horse will not get a sufficient amount from forage grown in that location. Feeds with high selenium can cause toxicity and feeds with selenium deficiency, may cause white muscle disease, impaired immunity, muscular dystrophy, etc. (more…)
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