You own horse
A horse is a significant investment. It is a costly animal to purchase the on hand and the housing and care of a fine animal such as this requires a lot of commitment on the other hand as well. Whether you own a horse as a work animal, for racing or for family enjoyment as a “pet”, taking good care of that animal has to become a priority in your life. If a horse is healthy and well cared for, it will live a long and productive life. More than one horse owning family confer family status to particularly beloved beasts. So knowing that proper care and feeding is just one of many new skills you have to learn if you are new to horse ownership.
Most of the time, the customized food you provide to your horse along with their grazing will provide them with most of their nutritional needs. But in certain circumstances, supplements your horse’s diet might be required to achieve a specific health goal that is pertinent to your horse’s health or role in your life. And probably the most well known supplement that we give to horses is a combination of eight antioxidants all built around vitamin E.
Importance of Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an important supplement for the development of muscle in your horse as well in aiding with digestion as for recovery from an injury. The amount of supplement that horses require is measured in “internal units” or “IU”. 1000 IU per day of vitamin E is considered to be a healthy amount of supplement to provide to your animal. Before purchasing an additional supplement make sure that you check how many IU per day your horse is already getting. It is always smart to consult a veterinarian as to the amount of additional vitamin E to give your horse on top of what the animal may be already receiving.
Be aware of the level of activity of your horse as well as the physical condition when determining the amount of vitamin E supplement to provide. A pregnant horse should have twice as much supplement or 2000 IU per day to help her during a time of greater physical demand. If your horse has to perform a physically stressful work you might want to consider it a “high performance” horse, that IU level could reach 3000. Again, your veterinarian is the best consultant on how much to give to your horse for maximum long term health.