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A Tale of 3 Selenium Levels: Connection with health and lameness

Selenium and vitamin E are often two of the most common supplemented antioxidants in horses, often attributed to poor soil conditions and likewise perceived deficiencies in the patient.  They are both important antioxidants and vital to cellular health, but all too often, we just supplement without justification or even more, we fail to see rationale for the need for supplementation.  Each horse is different and just because a region is perceived as deficient in selenium or a forage is low in vitamin E, does not always equate to the need for supplementation in every horse.  We need to look deeper, connect the dots and seek deeper, underlying problems which may be addressed adequately. (more…)

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Protein; Intake & Considerations in the Horse

How much protein does your horse need?  Questions about protein and overall nutrition are very common.  There are many things to consider in the horse’s diet, mainly being macro- and micro- nutrient provisions, which include proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Protein is essential for the body in a variety of ways, from building muscle mass to regulation of metabolic function.  How much protein is needed is dependent on each horse and the demands present.  Exact recommendations are hard to make, generally speaking, but in most cases, we have to look at each individual horse, demands, existing health problems and dietary sources. (more…)

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