There are several vitamin supplements for horses on the market, including vitamin E supplements. But what does vitamin E actually do for your horse? And what happens when your horse is deficient in vitamin E? We figured it out for you.

A shortage of vitamin E.

When your horse is deficient in vitamin E, this can lead to problems in the muscle tension. This means that muscles do not recover well after training and muscles have difficulty relaxing with vibrations as a result.

Even when a horse is under stress, this can lead to high muscle tension. In this situation, a horse also needs vitamin E. It is useful to know that fresh grass contains a lot of vitamin E. A shortage of vitamin E will therefore not easily occur in the summer.

Vitamin E is important because ...

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect healthy cells, remove waste products and keep muscles healthy and supple. For example, if you have had a hard workout, vitamin E helps to remove waste products from the muscles and prevents acidification. In short; the heavier the exertion, the greater the need for vitamin E. Vitamin E also appears to help with better absorption of oxygen from the lungs.

Boost the resistance

Vitamin E in combination with selenium (also an antioxidant) provides an increased protection of the cells of your horse and the metabolism of the muscles. Selenium also supports the resistance, a beautiful coat and the quality of the sperm of stallions.

If a horse suffers from a selenium deficiency, this is reflected in less resistance, stagnation of growth, stiff muscles and general listlessness. A deficiency can arise when your horse is on sandy soil and eats grass or sand that contains too little selenium. Grass and hay from a clay soil often contains more selenium.

Also a surplus of selenium is not good. If your horse gets too much selenium, this can lead to selenium poisoning. Such poisoning can be recognized by diarrhea, sweating, trembling, colic and an increased heart rate and breathing. An excess of selenium is not urinated by a horse but stored in the body. Initially, a surplus often results in the loss of mane and tail hair and the release of the horn in the hoof. If you add selenium, always stick to the recommended daily dose. If in doubt, contact your vet for advice!

What about L-Lysine?

In addition to vitamin E and selenium, some vitamin E also contains the substance L-Lysine. L-Lysine is an amino acid that supports resistance and the immune system. It also aids in tissue repair and growth because it has collagen-forming properties and improves the absorption of calcium needed for strong bones and healthy muscles.

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