Equine Advice: The Importance of Vitamin E


Gypsy, the Equine Encyclopedia, has something to say about why vitamin E is essential to horses.  Like all shetlands, she is always watching, listening and eating. 

Horses use vitamin E in many different ways.  Vitamin E enhances horses’ immune systems and helps maintain normal cell function.  In addition, vitamin E helps horses with the absorption of vitamin A and works as an antioxidant to prevent damage to cells.

Horses get vitamin E from green pasture and vitamin supplements.  Microbes in the horse’s digestive system  produce a small amount of this vitamin but it is by no means enough.

Lack of sufficient vitamin E creates many ill effects in the horse, including muscle wasting, decreased immunity and slowed growing in foals.



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